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Three IBM Fellows Named, Company's Highest Technical Honor

80 Leading Scientists, Engineers, Programmers and IT Professionals Receive More than $2.5 Million in Awards

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Dr. Carl J - 06 Jun 2000:

(IBM Enterprise Systems Group, Austin, Tex.) is IBM's leading high-frequency microprocessor designer. Over the past eight years he has spearheaded a new approach to designing high-performance server microprocessors, resulting in both increased performance and dramatically reduced development costs. His most notable recent achievements included leading the design of the "Alliance" family of server microprocessors -- which enabled the System/390 G5 product to have a significant performance advantage over the competition when it was introduced in 1998 -- and the Power4 Gigaprocessor, which will give future IBM AS/400, RS/6000 and SP computer systems blazing clock speeds of greater than 1,000 megahertz. His management philosophy of concurrently optimizing the circuit design, chip integration, silicon technology and design tools -- while also training and mentoring design teams -- has led to very high chip performance as well as a much shorter development cycle.

Josephine M. Cheng (IBM Software Group's Santa Teresa Laboratory, San Jose, Calif.) has been at the forefront of relational database technology for 20 years. Her teams have produced such landmark database technologies and products as DB2 World-Wide Web and its follow-on, Net.Data, which provide Web access to corporate databases; XML Extender for DB2, which permits popular XML-formatted data to be integrated into DB2; and DB2 Everywhere, a tiny, totally self-managing database system that extends the power of DB2 to convenient pervasive computing devices such as handheld computers and cellular phones.

Dr. H. Kumar Wickramasinghe (IBM Research's T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) is one of IBM's most prolific nanotechnologists, notable for both his scientific creativity and his enthusiastic application of his inventions for practical uses. Wickramasinghe has pioneered a wide variety of innovative nanoscale instruments and techniques -- from a host of new microscopes that give unprecedented views of atom-scale forces and phenomena to widely diverse methods for measuring and controlling the increasingly precise manufacture of semiconductors and magnetic hard-disk drive components. In particular, he invented and developed the first instrument that allowed near-atomic level observation with natural light and he introduced the magnetic force microscope which allowed the non-destructive, nanoscale mapping of magnetic surfaces. Through his research, companies have been able to develop faster and smaller devices of better quality.

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