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Joseph Costello is a prominent person in electronic design automation (EDA) industry. He was president and COO of SDA Systems from 1987–1988 and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, which became the largest EDA company under his tenure, from 1988–1997.
Joseph received his B.S. in Physics in 1974 from Harvey Mudd College. He also has a master's degree in Physics from both Yale and U. C. Berkeley. He started his career at National Semiconductor, which he soon left to found "Electronic Speech Systems".
He entered the EDA industry when James Solomon invited him to SDA Systems, where he rapidly rose to senior management. While Joseph was President of SDA, it merged with ECAD to become Cadence Design Systems.
- Joe Costello, 2004 Phil Kaufman Award Honoree