"Dr. Friedman is one of the most accomplished professors in the field of electrical engineering, and we are thrilled to have him on our advisory team," said Tor Ekenberg, president of MRI. "Our customers will be the true beneficiaries of his joining MRI as a technical advisor. Dr. Friedman's many years of experience and deep knowledge of chip design technologies and methodologies will be invaluable to MRI as we ramp up our technology and products for customer use."
Dr. Friedman is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the High Performance VLSI/IC Design and Analysis Laboratory, and the Director of the Center for Electronic Imaging Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester in New York. He currently is involved in the research and teaching of high performance synchronous digital and mixed-signal microelectronic design and analysis, with application to high-speed portable processors and low power wireless communications. He is supported in his research by companies such as Xerox, IBM, Eastman Kodak, Lucent, Intel, and Motorola, and has consulted with a dozen companies.
"MRI is producing important tools that fill the niche between back-end and front-end design," said Friedman. "In my work with designers, I've seen a real need for tools such as MRI's, which improve the final verification and ECO phase, and enhance timing closure for complex designs."
Friedman was previously involved with Ultima Interconnect, which later became Celestry, where he helped develop their non-zero clock skew scheduling and layout tool that improves chip performance, robustness, noise, and power. Celestry was acquired by Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN).
Dr. Friedman was also with Hughes Aircraft Company, where as manager of the Signal Processing Design and Test Department he was responsible for the design and test of high performance digital and analog ICs, design and test methodologies and CAD tools, functional and parametric test, and the development of high performance and high resolution DSP and oversampled systems.
He has authored many book chapters and more than 250 papers on high-speed and low-power CMOS design techniques, interconnect and substrate noise, pipelining and retiming, and the theory and application of synchronous clock distribution networks. Dr. Friedman has also authored or edited seven books, including Clock Distribution Networks in VLSI Circuits and Systems (IEEE Press, 1995), On-Chip Inductance in High Speed Integrated Circuits (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001), and Power Distribution Networks in High Speed Integrated Circuits (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004).
Dr. Friedman is a Fellow of the IEEE, past editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, a regional editor of the Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers, a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, and Journal of VLSI Signal Processing, Microelectronics Journal, and a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society board of governors.
Dr. Friedman is a Fulbright scholar and has received numerous academic and teaching awards. He received the B.S. degree from Lafayette College, Easton, Penn., and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Irvine, all in electrical engineering.
About Manhattan Routing Inc. (http://www.mri-nyc.com)
Manhattan Routing Inc. (MRI) is a privately held EDA company providing tools for physical design visualization and timing closure of large, high performance ASICs. MRI's tools are based on tape-out proven technology that has been used on more than 30 ICs, developed both by MRI's services group and customers. The Physical Window/Optimization Cockpit tool suite bridges the gap between physical designers and logic designers during the timing closure phase of the IC design process. MRI also provides design services in the physical implementation area. The company is located in New York City's Silicon Alley.