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Intel's Grove to receive IEEE's highest honour

We knew there had to be some point to the dancing bunnies...

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The IEEE will this week award Chipzilla chairman Andy Grove its highest accolade in recognition of pioneering semiconductor research and, well, helping the chip business shrug off its 'beards in white lab coats' image.

At a ceremony to be held on Saturday in Vancouver, Canada, Grove will be awarded the IEEE's Medal of Honor. Numerous other electronics and chip boffins will also be given the official 'pat on the back' for their ground-breaking work.

While an acclaimed semiconductor scientist, Grove probably hasn't done that much solid research for decades, at least since he took over the helm at Intel back in the mid-80s. Still, the IEEE is handing him his gong for "for pioneering research in characterising and modeling metal oxide semiconductor devices and technology".

Then again, the medal is also to presented for Grove's "leadership in the development of the modern semiconductor industry", which is perhaps closer to the mark.

And, in recognition of Grove's efforts to take the chiup industry mainstream, we'd like to suggest the IEEE present such an award every year, perhaps in the form a small, spangly bunny costume.

Or maybe a medal embossed with an FDIV-bugged Pentium core. ®

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