Erwin de Kock Receives Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award

NXP’s de Kock will be recognized for his contributions to IP-XACT at DVCon U.S. on February 29, 2016

Elk Grove, Calif., February 22, 2016 — Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announced today that Erwin de Kock, a member of the IP-XACT Working Group and vice chair of the IEEE P1685 Working Group, is the recipient of the fifth annual Accellera Technical Excellence Award.  The award was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of an individual among Accellera’s working group members and their significant contributions to the development of its standards.

Mr. de Kock will be presented the award at DVCon U.S. on Monday, February 29th during the Accellera Day luncheon from 12:00-1:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.  He will be recognized for his vision and continuous efforts toward the advancement of the IP-XACT standard. IP-XACT is a standardized XML schema that defines and describes electronic components and their designs, complemented with a generator interface for design automation.

“Erwin has been instrumental in the evolution of IP-XACT,” said Karen Pieper, Accellera Technical Committee Chair. “He began his efforts early on with The SPIRIT Consortium and was instrumental in helping to move IP-XACT to IEEE 1685 for ongoing maintenance and further standardization. Following the transfer, Erwin continued his efforts within Accellera and the IEEE. He is a champion of the standard among the user community and has been vital in facilitating its adoption and making it more understandable and usable. We are pleased to announce Erwin as the recipient of the Accellera Technical Excellence Award for 2016.”

“Because of his commitment to the IP-XACT standard and consistent participation in our working group, Erwin’s contribution to the adoption of IP-XACT among the user community worldwide is unmatched,” stated Christian Fraisse, chair of the IP-XACT Working Group.  “His tireless efforts to invigorate the forum discussions and provide technical support have been invaluable in educating the user community and have helped to advance IP-XACT’s use.” 

"Receiving this award is a tremendous honor,” said Mr. de Kock, who serves as Principal Engineer at NXP Semiconductors. "I have enjoyed being a part of the evolution of IP-XACT with a team of dedicated and talented engineers, working hard together to develop and advance its use.  It is gratifying to see the benefits of the IP-XACT standard being applied among the user community today.”

Mr. de Kock has been a member of the Accellera IP-XACT Working Group since 2010.  He contributed to the ESL additions in IP-XACT 1.4 and the validation of IEEE 1685-2009 in The SPIRIT Consortium.  Following the merger with Accellera, he continued his contributions to the IP-XACT Working Group.  He also participated in the Schema Working Group and was vice chair of the IEEE P1685 Working Group which delivered the IEEE 1685-2014.  In addition to moderating Accellera’s IP-XACT forum, to further advance IP-XACT’s adoption Mr. de Kock has presented and demonstrated technical updates and industrial use of IP-XACT at technical conferences including DAC, DATE, CODE+ISSS, and DVCon Europe.  He holds both a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computing Science from Eindhoven University of Technology.  Prior to NXP, Mr. de Kock held scientific and engineering positions at Philips Research.

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