Takao Nishitani: An Outstanding Researcher, Technical Leader, and Mentor

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I was most pleased to hear that Dr. Takao Nishitani was selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits. Sometimes very deserving candidates are not nominated and never receive the awards they truly deserve. Typically these individuals are too humble to expect these awards; Dr. Nishitani is indeed one such individual. I thank Wanda Gass for finding the original architects of the programmable digital signal processor (DSP) at NEC and Bell Labs and Rajeev Jain for nominating them. Dr. Nishitani's work on programmable signal processing ICs at NEC C&C Research Laboratory over many decades is simply exemplary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationIEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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Funding Information:
When I decided to spend another leave at Japan in 1996, Dr. Nishi- tani quickly responded with an invitation. I submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation under the Japan–U.S. Fellowship pro gram and was selected as an NSF Japan–U.S. Fellow. I spent September 1996 through June 1997 at the NEC research laboratory headed by Dr. Nishitani. He tasked me with hard ware-software codesign of Reed– Solomon code decoders. Our paper, jointly authored with Leilei Song, one of my Ph.D. students who also spent six months as an intern at NEC, was published in 2000 [6].

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