In this paper, the problems of delay-dependent stability analysis and stabilization are investigated for linear continuous-time systems with distributed delay. By introducing an integral partitioning technique, a new form of Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional (LKF) is constructed and improved distributed delay dependent stability conditions are established in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Based on the criteria, a design algorithm for a state feedback controller is proposed. The results developed in this paper are less conservative than existing ones in the literature, which is illustrated by several examples. © 2011 IFAC.