Robert Zeidman

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Robert Zeidman
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Born (1960-01-18) January 18, 1960 (age 61)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materStanford University
Cornell University
Known forApplication-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design, Embedded systems, Software synthesis, Software analysis, Software forensics
AwardsIEEE Outstanding Engineer Awards (2010, 2015)
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering, Computer science, and Software forensics

Robert Zeidman (born January 18, 1960) is an American electrical engineer and inventor. Zeidman has made contributions in Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design, embedded systems development, software synthesis, software analysis and software forensics. Best known as the inventor of software forensics,[1][2] Zeidman's research and development of software-forensics tools was instrumental in making detection of software source-code correlation practical and accurate, and in turning previously subjective information into empirical evidence. His book The Software IP Detective's Handbook, is considered[by whom?] the standard textbook for software forensics.[1][3]

Zeidman is a senior member of the IEEE and was the recipient of the 1994 Wyle/EE Times American by Design Award, the 2003 Jolt Reader's Choice Award, the 2010 and the 2015 Outstanding Engineer Award from the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section[1] and from the Region 6 Central Area.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Zeidman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Cornell University in 1981 and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1982.[citation needed]

Technology career[edit]

In October 1987, Zeidman founded the company Zeidman Consulting, which provides hardware and software design services, engineering support and expert witnesses for high-tech litigation. The company still operates with Zeidman as president.[4] Zeidman's work there includes creating patented Molasses virtualization software that enables a slow speed hardware emulator or prototype to be attached to a high-speed network in order to emulate network hardware in a live system. Zeidman also consulted on court cases in disputed intellectual property, including Brocade v. A10 Networks, for which he testified at trial, ConnectU v. Facebook (on which the movie, The Social Network, is based), and Texas Instruments v. Samsung Electronics, which resulted in an award to his client of over $1 billion.[5] Zeidman also developed the software tools, SynthOS[6] and CodeSuite.[7]

In January 1992, Zeidman invented remote backup and founded the company eVault Remote Backup Service. The company closed in April 1999 and the intellectual property became part of EVault, which was sold to Seagate Technology in 2007.[citation needed]

In January 1999, Zeidman founded The Chalkboard Network, which ran until December, 2002. The company featured business and engineering courses.[citation needed]

In December 2002, Zeidman founded Zeidman Technologies, which provides software tools for embedded software development. The company's patented product SynthOS software automatically synthesizes optimized source code for a custom real time operating system. The company operates with Zeidman as president.[8]

In September 2007, Zeidman founded Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation, which provides software tools for intellectual property litigation. The company's main product is CodeSuite. The company operates with Zeidman as president.[9]

In January 2011, Zeidman founded SamAnna Designs, which makes practical accessories. Its first product is the SamAnna Luxury Wallet.[10]

In June 2012, Zeidman founded Swiss Creek Publications, an independent publisher, which published Zeidman's books: Introduction to Verilog, Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues, The Amazing Adventure of Edward and Dr. Sprechtmachen, Horror Flick, and Good Intentions.[11]

In December 2013, Zeidman founded Firtiva, a video-on-demand website to provide commercial-free content while sending second screen advertisements to a highly targeted audience.[12]


  • 1994 Wyle/EE Times American by Design Award[5][better source needed]
  • 2003 Jolt Reader's Choice Award[5][better source needed]
  • 2010 Outstanding Engineer Award from the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section[1]
  • 2015 Outstanding Engineer Award from the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section and from the Region 6 Central Area for his pioneering contributions to the field of software forensics.[2]


Zeidman is the author of five engineering books:

  • “Introduction to Verilog” (1999)[13]
  • “Verilog Designer's Library” (2000)[14]
  • “Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs” (2002)[15]
  • “The Software IP Detective's Handbook” (2011)[16]
  • “Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues” (2013)[17]

Zeidman is the co-author of two engineering books:

  • “Circuit Design: Know it All (Newnes Know it All)” (2008)[18]
  • “FPGAs: World Class Designs” (2009)[19]


  1. ^ a b c d Maxfield, Clive (June 24, 2015). "IEEE Recognizes Outstanding Engineer". EE Times. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Bob Zeidman Named Outstanding Engineer in the Region 6 Central Area". Reuters. September 29, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ Barbara, John J. (October 18, 2011). "Book Review: The Software IP Detective's Handbook". Forensic Magazine. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Zeidman Consulting About the Company". Zeidman Consulting. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Robert Zeidman Resume" (PDF). Zeidman Consulting. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "SynthOS". Zeidman Technologies. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "CodeSuite". Software Analysis & Forensic Engineering Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Zeidman Technologies Homepage". Zeidman Technologies. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation Homepage". Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "SamAnna Designs Homepage". SamAnna Designs. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Swiss Creek Publications Homepage". Swiss Creek Publications. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Firtiva Homepage". Firtiva. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  13. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2000). Introduction to Verilog (1st ed.). ISBN 0970227639.
  14. ^ Zeidman, Bob (1999). Verilog Designer's Library (1st ed.). ISBN 0130811548.
  15. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2000). Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs (1st ed.). ISBN 1578201128.
  16. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2011). The Software IP Detective's Handbook (1st ed.). ASIN B0050H3VPY.
  17. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2013). Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues (1st ed.). ISBN 978-0970227645.
  18. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2008). Circuit Design: Know it All (Newnes Know it All) (1st ed.). ISBN 978-1856175272.
  19. ^ Zeidman, Bob (2009). FPGAs: World Class Designs (1st ed.). ISBN 978-1856176217.

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