Brian Bailey 4/16/2013 11:48 AM EDT Before we know it the Design Automation Conference will be upon us. While you and I may just have started planning for it, the program committee has almost finished and with this being a special year – DACs 50th anniversary, they have some new and exciting things for us. First is a new location. DAC has never been held in Austin before and only once in Texas. Why Austin? First, there are a lot of chip and IP companies in that area with a particular specialty being processors.