For analog designers, the arrival of the finFET is turning into something of a technological curate’s egg: good in parts. But it brings with it simulation and physical restrictions that might lead teams to resort to layout automation to get the job done.
Aldec announced the launch of Spec-TRACER, which helps organizations manage, control and track requirements throughout the entire FPGA/ASIC development lifecycle by streamlining and automating the requirements engineering process such as capture, traceability, requirements versions tracking, results management and reporting. The new product is targeted for use in safety-critical industries in which rigorous certification standards exist, such as DO-254 for avionics, ISO 26262 for automotive, IEC 61508/61511 for industrial and IEC 61513 for nuclear.
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Associate Professor Soha Hassoun, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recognized for several accomplishments as this year's Design Automation Conference (DAC) held June 2-6, 2013 in Austin, Texas. This year marks DAC's 50th year-an event devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems (EDA), embedded systems and software (ESS), and intellectual property (IP). It is also the premier conference in computer-aided design of VLSI circuits.
After a five year absence from the EDA industry proper, I just attended Gary Smith’s forecast for the industry and I’m happy to report that the industry is still very much alive! See the industry numbers and forecast graph below.
There was a lot of speculation leading up to DAC about the effectiveness of holding the conference in Austin. I think there were more nay-sayers than people who felt positive about it. Everyone expected numbers to be down, but I had been trying to point out that there would be advantages as well, in that many people would probably be attending DAC for the very first time.
FRESH DIRT: Here's the first cut at all the rumors, gossip, fun quotes, and insider stories that I picked up last week at DAC in Austin. If EDA users and/or vendors send in more, I'll probably do a 2nd round. Enjoy.
Every year at DAC, I'm amazed at how many engineers miss out on events attended by some of the most influential names in EDA. One example already this year was the Phil Kauffman award presentation earlier this evening, attended by Aart De Geus, Wally Rhines, Lip-Bu Tan, and Kathryn Kranen among others. Another example each year is the pavilion panel put on by the Women in Electronic Design Automation.
Earlier this evening, Gary Smith held his annual night-before-DAC talks at the Austin Convention Center . During his presentation, Gary laid out his vision of the EDA industry over the next 10-15 years. There were many interesting points in the presentation (see Richard Goering's writeup for more details).
The Design Automation Conference (DAC), a conference devoted to electronic design, design automation, IP, embedded systems and software, has played the role of a global forum for designers and engineers from around the world.
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