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Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award 2013 - John M. Cioffi

"For profound and broad contributions to the theory, practice, and commercial development of high-speed digital communication systems."

John M. Cioffi

John M. Cioffi is Chairman and CEO of ASSIA Inc, a Redwood City, CA based company pioneering dynamic broadband-connection management software.  He is also the Hitachi Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he held a tenured endowed professorship before retiring after 22 full-time years.  Cioffi received his BSEE, 1978,  Illinois; PhDEE,  1984, Stanford; Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh 2010;  Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-2008.   Cioffi also founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997 for its DSL technology) and was officer/director from 1991-1997.  Cioffi designed the world’s first ADSL and VDSL modems, which design today accounts for roughly 98% of the worlds over 400 million DSL connections. 

Cioffi currently also services the Board of Directors of Alto Beam and the Marconi Foundation and has previously served the boards of 8 other public and private companies, including Marvell Semiconductor, Teknovus, ITEX, and others.  Various oawards include IEEE Alexander Graham Bell, Kirchmayer, Edwin H. Armstrong, Kobayashi, and Millenium Medals/Awards (2010, 2014, 2013, 2001, 2000), Economist Magazine’s 2010 Innovation Award, International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, United States National and UK Royal Academies of Engineering (2001, 2009); IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1999 U. of Illinois Outstanding Alumnus and 2010 Distinguished Alumnus.  Cioffi has published several hundred technical papers and is the inventor named on over 100 additional patents, many of which are heavily licensed in the communication industry.