EE Times to Honor Wilf Corrigan With Lifetime Achievement Award at 2006 ACE Awards Gala

Industry Veteran and Pioneer of ASIC Sector Recognized for His Innovation and Leadership

EE Times Announces Avnet, Cadence and Wind River as Sponsors for ACE Awards Program

Feb 10, 2006

CMP Media's EE Times today announced that Wilfred J. Corrigan, founder and Chairman of the Board of LSI Logic Corporation, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the second Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, for his contributions to the semiconductor industry for nearly five decades. The award will be presented on April 4, at the ACE Awards gala during the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley.

"It is an honor for us to be recognizing Wilf Corrigan, the senior statesman of the semiconductor industry, with a Lifetime Achievement award at this year's ACE Awards," said Brian Fuller, publisher and editor-in-chief, EE Times. "He is a bold pioneer, whose identification of ASICs as an emerging market led not only to the founding of his successful company, but to the explosion of a new type of silicon design."

Since the 1960s, Wilf Corrigan has been a recognized and celebrated innovator in the semiconductor industry. As the principal founder, CEO (until May 2005) and Chairman of LSI Logic since 1981, he not only pioneered the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) business as it is known today, but also fostered the fabless model that is gaining great traction in the aftermath of the record industry downturn of 2001.

Emigrating to the U.S. from the U.K. in 1960, after graduating from the Imperial College of Science in London, Corrigan began his career at Transitron Corporation. He moved into management positions at Motorola Semiconductor, and in 1968, moved to Fairchild Semiconductor with other Motorola executives, later to be known as "Hogan's Heroes." Corrigan was named General Manager of Fairchild's Semiconductor Division in 1970, and appointed to President and CEO of Fairchild Camera and Instrument in 1974. The title of Chairman was added in 1977. In 1981 he founded LSI Logic with $6 million in venture capital. LSI Logic applied innovative software and large computing power to automate the custom design process. Throughout its history, LSI has introduced many revolutionary technologies, including innovations surrounding standard-cell ASICs, system-on-a-chip and platform ASICs. Today LSI is recognized as a leader in providing silicon-to-systems products for the Consumer and Storage markets.

In addition to his accomplishments in the industry, Corrigan is a recognized community leader and industry statesman, being one of the founders of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in 1977, with Intel's Robert Noyce, AMD's Jerry Sanders and National Semiconductor's Charlie Sporck. The SIA was formed to serve as a U.S. industry advocate on a wide variety of issues including international trade, taxation and technology development. In the 1980s, the SIA was at the forefront of the industry-government effort to ensure the survival of the U.S. industry in the face of widespread movement of below-cost semiconductors onto global markets.

"I am honored to be recognized by the editors of EE Times with a Lifetime Achievement Award," said Corrigan. "I am pleased to have had the opportunity to not only work in the U.S. semiconductor industry, but also to have participated in U.S. technology policy through my work with the SIA, to help advance the industry."

The EE Times ACE Awards Lifetime Achievement Award candidates were selected by the editors of EE Times based on their individual accomplishments over the course of their careers.

About EE Times ACE Awards and Opportunities

The EE Times ACE Awards were created to recognize the people, companies and products that show leadership in the electronics industry and will honor those who are leading the way and making positive contributions -- the real innovators of technology. Awards will be presented at a second annual awards gala held on April 4, 2006 at The Fairmont San Jose during CMP Media's Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley. To purchase tickets and find out more about the event, visit

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis for companies interested in associating their brands with this major industry event. Please visit for more details.

EE Times has announced that Avnet, Cadence and Wind River have signed on to be gold sponsors of the event. The association media sponsor is IEEE Spectrum.

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