Dr. Stephen Trimberger




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DARPA, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)

Dr. Stephen Trimberger

Dr. Stephen Trimberger joined DARPA as a Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office in August 2018.


Dr. Trimberger holds a Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology. From 1988 until 2017, he was employed at Xilinx, rising to the position of Xilinx Fellow, heading the Circuits and Architectures Group in Xilinx Research Labs. He was the technical leader for the XC4000 design automation software, developed the Xilinx multi-context FPGA, led the architecture definition group for the Xilinx XC4000X families, and designed the bitstream security functions in the Xilinx Virtex and subsequent families of FPGAs. He led the group that developed the first die-stacked 3D FPGA prototype at Xilinx. He has served as Design Methods Chair for the Design Automation Conference, Program Chair and General Chair for the ACM/SIGDA FPGA Symposium and on the technical programs of numerous conferences and symposia. He has authored five books and dozens of papers on design automation, FPGA architectures and hardware security. He has more than 230 patents in IC design, FPGA and ASIC architecture, CAE, and hardware security. His innovations appear today in nearly all commercial FPGA devices. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM, Fellow of the IEEE, and recipient of the 2018 IEEE Don Pederson Award for outstanding contributions to solid state circuits.