Excellence in Standards Award
John F. Snow
FPGA Architect, Cobalt Digital
The Excellence in Standards Award recognizes individuals or companies who have been actively involved in advancing Society standards activities and processes.
The 2020 Excellence in Standards Award is presented to John F. Snow, in recognition of his long-standing participation and leadership in the SMPTE Standards Community. Snow has made significant contributions to a wide range of activities, always in his own style. Snow is a consistent and essential voice of reason in a process often fraught with conflict and emotion. Not inclined to shy away from potentially controversial topics, Snow manages to bring measured logic to discussions, particularly in his role as Chair of the Networks and Facilities Technology Committee. Snow is a most valued member of the standards community; his quiet, unassuming attitude and dedication to the Society truly makes a difference.
John F. Snow began his career at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation designing computer graphics systems for flight simulators. During his 19 years at E&S, he held various positions including Principal Engineer and Director of Engineering. In 2001, he joined Xilinx as a Video Architect. At Xilinx, his work implementing SDI interfaces in programmable logic devices contributed to lowering the cost of SDI interfaces for the broadcast industry. Since 2015, he has been employed by Cobalt Digital as a Senior FPGA Architect, where he designs broadcast equipment from his home in Mapleton, Utah. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University where he is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. He was named a SMPTE Fellow in 2018 and a Senior member of the IEEE in 2010. He holds two patents in the area of high-speed serial interfaces. He has been an active member of the SMPTE Standards Community for many years. He has previously chaired the TC-32NF Network/Facilities Architecture technology committee and the TC-33TS-20 Synchronization Working Group and currently chairs the TC-10E Essence technology committee and the TC-32NF-80 Time Label & Synchronization Working Group.