I went to Wally Rhines keynote presentation on 3D ICs at the GlobalPress event in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. As usual for a Wally keynote, it was long on data and largely focused on what EDA as a whole is up to rather than pushing any particular Mentor-specific solutions. Here’s my summary (and to keep it readable I haven’t preceded each paragraph with “Wally thinks…”). I’ll focus on the nearer term since it is clearer to see a short way through... Read More
When we think of EDA standards, we usually think of interface formats, languages and databases. These standards allow all engineers to do something the same way, furthering tool interoperability and improving design reuse. I’ve spent a fair amount of my career helping get these standards created and adopted.
In theory, the development of an EDA standard might sound like a simple task, but we all know that such agreements can take years to materialize. And it’s not just our industry... Read More
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer (now just Apple) will give the keynote at 2pm on the Monday June 6th. The keynote will actually be an interview with Woz by Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News. The keynote is sponsored by Magma Design Automation. The press release is here.
Leon Stok and Patrick Groenweld were interviewed at DATE by EEtimes about the upcoming DAC (less than 3 months to go everyone!).
For the 48th edition of DAC, Stoke said he is seeking more interaction. An initial move consisted in replacing the traditional DAC party into four smaller, less formal receptions in the form of get-togethers. Also, Stoke said, the DAC committee has tried to minimize the one-way presentation time to encourage constructive dialog. "Q&A will promote open dialog.... Read More
Apache Design Solutions filed it's S-1 today with the SEC in preparation for its initial public offering (IPO). This is a big event since no EDA company has gone public for years. All exits for EDA companies have been acquisitions. As a private company Apache has not disclosed their financials until now. They are impressive. Last year (2010) they did $44M in revenue, up from $25M just two years earlier.
It is the Tech Design Forum tomorrow, March 10th, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. In previous years this was an event centered completely around Mentor, along with a few of its partners, but now it is a much broader event with participation from foundries like TSMC and IP vendors like ARM. The seminar side of the show runs from 9am iuntil 4pm with four parralel tracks of presentations and a trade-show that runs from 8am until 5pm.
Don't forget that the deadline for the Marie Pistilli award for Women in Design Automation is this coming Friday.
The previous winners were:
Mar Hershenson, Magma Design Automation, Inc. Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute Louise Trevillyan, IBM Research Center Jan Willis, Calibra Consulting Ellen Yoffa, IBM Research Kathryn Kranen, Jasper Design Automation, Inc. Mary Jane Irwin, Penn State Univ. Karen Bartleson, Synopsys, Inc. Ann Rincon, AMI Semiconductor
Atrenta have run an interesting survey on the use of social networking by engineers (think LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc). There is nothing specific to Atrenta or its products (apart from that they put the effort into the survey).
An annotated version of the presentation is on semiWiki (itself a sort of social media approach to EDA) here. Not surprisingly, the most heavily used resource is LinkedIn, followed by Facebook and then Twitter.
Today everything and everyone is... Read More
One of the pavilion panels is called Career Velocity Vectors: the Excitement of Engineering and is organized by Women in Electronic Design. Holly Stump moderates a panel consisting of Christine King, who is CEO of Standard Microsystems (SMSC); Debi Coleman, Managing Partner at SmartForest Ventures; and Umor Fix, an Associate Director at Intel.
The topics to be discussed include how engineering is still one of the most exciting careers today, how to develop your career for intellectual,... Read More
The DAC blog has been dorman for over a year but it is coming to life again. I intend to post interesting things related to DAC and EDA here, especially as we approach DAC in June.
But there,s more. You can supply me with stuff to post here, especially if you have an interesting session, panel or pavilion presentation. Use the blog to encourage your audience to attend.
Live Report from the UK where preparation for the annual Hogan’s Heroes DAC Panel is underway : What do volcanic ash clouds and 22nm have in common? More than you think. But as you may have guessed, this is a teaser article to entice you to attend the annual Hogan’s Heroes DAC panel on Tuesday, June 15 from 10:30-11:30am in the DAC Pavilion, Booth #694. I will answer the question about ash clouds and let the panel talk about 22nm. Some... Read More
A Pavilion Panel will ponder: Why do a vast majority of EDA firms focus on the declining ASIC and ASSP markets when the FPGA market has exponentially more users and is growing?
According to the Market Trends 2009 report from Research Firm Gartner Dataquest, shortly after the dot com bust, ASIC design starts dropped from roughly 7,000 (in the year 2000) to 3,500 (2001) and continued to decline slowly but steadily to roughly 2500 starts in the year 2008. Gartner has yet to release its latest... Read More
Hi, I’m Robert Jones, the DAC 2010 Tutorials Chair. The executive and tutorials committees have been working for almost a year on this summer’s tutorial program. I’m excited about the topics; I hope that you will find them as compelling as I do. The speakers are all domain experts; the speaker lists read like a “Who’s Who” in the respective areas.
This year, we will offer seven tutorials; four full-day, two half-day, and one for two... Read More
Believe it or not, it is time for another DAC. Yes, the 47th DAC will be upon us in just under 10 weeks. The Pavilion Panels Committee has worked hard over the past four months and we think we have a great program to offer in Anaheim, CA.
If you are a long time DAC attendee, you know the routine – Gary Smith opens the Pavilion festivities on Monday with his list of “What’s Hot at DAC.” Tuesday, Jim Hogan will bring “Hogan’s Heroes” to the podium to talk... Read More