Dr. L. Curtis Widdoes Jr.
Retired from EDA, 2006
Dr. Widdoes is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry. During his thirty-year career in EDA he founded three successful EDA companies. In 1981, he founded Valid Logic Systems, which helped create the CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) industry. Valid executed an IPO in 1983. In 1987, he founded Logic Modeling Systems, which provided simulation models of VLSI components. Logic Modeling was acquired by Synopsys in 1994. In 1996, he co-founded 0-In Design Automation, which pioneered assertion-based verification for the design of integrated circuits. 0-In was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation in 2004. After the acquisition, Dr. Widdoes served as Mentor Graphics’ Chief Engineering Scientist until he retired from EDA in 2006. Dr. Widdoes holds a B.S. in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. He holds seventeen U.S. patents in EDA and is an IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award recipient.