The annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) is a big deal and should be of interest to students considering a career in developing software to help automate some of the toughest design and verification challenges in SoC design. Full article: SemiWiki - Daniel Payne
Thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of various thought leaders in the IP industry - folks like Mike McNamera, Warren Savage, McKenzie Mortensen, Clark Chen, Devin Persaud, Tiffany Sparks, Yervant Zorian, and Farzad Zarrinfar - at last, IP has become an anchor tenant at DAC. Full article: EDACafe-Peggy Aycinena
Researchers and practitioners from the automotive industry get a chance to directly interact with the electronic design automation and embedded systems & software community.
Full Article: SAE Newsletter - February 2014
I’m very tired and a bit giddy as I write this post, late in the evening after the second day of exhibits at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin. Frankly, a lot of us EDA vendors were concerned about holding DAC in Austin for the first time. Of course there is a large electronics development community in Austin, but the first time in a new location for any conference is always a bit of a gamble since you never know what kind of response you’ll get.
DAC is off to a fast start and no one is talking about the numbers, they are talking about how many great things there are see and do here at the 50th DAC here in Austin, Texas and how packed the schedule is. But before we get to that, I have to say a word or two about Austin. The reason is that Austin has the slogan – keep Austin weird, which also happens to be the slogan for the city that I call my hometown – Portland, Oregon, which I have to say, is a lot weirder. Since I got here, I have seen nothing weird.
Power continues to be the big issue at this year’s DAC, and it’s one of the primary focal points for announcements at this year’s conference in Austin, Texas.
Jasper Design, for example, just added power awareness to its formal verification tools. Formal is effective in routing out very specific design problems rather than verifying an entire SoC or even a block. Oz Levia, vice president of marketing at the company, explained that the goal is to take RTL and infuse it with power structure sequences, insert buffers and then extract assertions to verify the power sequencing is correct.
The last day of the Exhibit Hall portion of DAC always arrives with a certain sensibility. Over the course of the 3 days, the place has become something between Our Town and a small college campus, and now with graduation it’s not clear when everyone will be together again. Yet the next phase of life beckons with all of its possibilities and trepidations, and people have to move on.
The 50th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin Texas is a landmark event. It is remarkable to think that engineers have been using computer-aided design for electronic systems for more than half a century now. In honor of DAC’s 50th anniversary, there is a small museum in the front of the show with memorabilia (pronounced “swag”) spanning the five-decade history of the conference.