Chris Terman

Chris Terman


Chris Terman is a Senior Lecturer in the EECS Dept. and a member of the Computer Architecture Group in CSAIL. Terman implemented several early prototypes for microprocessor-based workstations that led to the development of the IEEE-1196 Bus Architecture (the NuBus) which introduced the idea of plug-and-play peripherals. In his work on CAD tools for VLSI circuits, Terman developed several algorithms for full-chip transistor-level timing simulation including SIM which was widely used in industry and academia.

During 10 years in industry, Terman cofounded several firms, including Symbolics Inc. (manufacturer of Lisp Machines), TLW Inc. (VLSI designs for communications and multimedia), and Curl Co. (software technology for the Web). After returning to MIT, Terman has worked on developing educational technology for use in teaching design-oriented courses.


  • Allen, J. and Terman C. "An Interactive Learning Environment for VLSI Design," Proc. IEEE, January 2000.
  • Ackland, B., Terman C., et al. "A Single-Chip 1.6Billion 16-b MAC/s Multiprocessor DSP," Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Diego, CA, May 1999.
  • Ward, S., Terman, C., et al. "Curl: A Gentle-slope Language for the Web," World Wide Web Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 121-134, Spring 1997.
  • Terman, C. "Timing Simulation for Large Digital MOS Circuits," in Advances in Computer-Aided Engineering Design, A. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli ed., JAI Press Inc., 1985, pages 1-91.