Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:48 by Michelle Clancy
The 2014 DAC program will be live March 27 and for those who just can’t wait, here is a sneak peak of one of the new initiatives at the show. This year DAC introduces a brand new track focused 100% on IP! The IP Track will be on Monday, June 2nd and includes six sessions running in two rooms adjoining the exhibit floor. This track provides creators and users of IP with an open forum to exchange information on state-... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 08:01 by Michelle Clancy
With the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) only 18 weeks away, the program is starting to come together. This year DAC will feature three new tracks: Automotive, IP and Security, along with the tradition of offering the best-in-class solutions that promise to advance electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and software (ESS).
While the planning committees are working diligently to finalize the program, here are a few sneak previews that are worth noting in... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 06:32 by Paul McLellan
Last Wednesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View the EDA industry came together to celebrate 50 years of EDA. I would guess I knew close to half the people there, proving that if you hang around in a small industry for 30 years then you get to know a lot of faces. The event was black-tie optional but a lot of people had chosen to wear a tux.
The evening started with a champagne reception and then we moved into the main dining area for wine and hors d’oeuvre. There was a... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 05:21 by Paul McLellan
October 16th at the Computer History Museum, EDAC is hosting EDA: Back to the Future to celebrate 50 years of EDA. EDAC always has a fall event of some sort and historically it has been the Kaufman Award Dinner. This year, the Kaufman Award was presented (to Chenming Hu) at 50th DAC, so the fall EDAC calendar was open. Since Calma was founded in November 1963, which seems near enough to count as the beginning of EDA, EDAC decided to throw a big party - an industry reunion of sorts - to... Read More
Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 - 05:43 by Paul McLellan
OK, you have to squint and look at the data just right...I was at the SEMI lunch last week. One interesting fact that Brian Mattas of IC Insights presented was that if you take TSMC's revenue and look at the final semiconductor sales (so not whwhat TSMC sells raw silicon for but what Xilinx and Qualcomm and Broadcom sell into the end markets) then TSMC and its fabless semiconductor company partners has a revenue that has just passed Intels' revenue. That is making the not unreasonable... Read More
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:08 by Paul McLellan
Jim Hogan is having his annual charity barbecue at his home in Santa Cruz on labor day weekend. This year it is a luau. It is from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday August 31st at 2181 Sunny Acres Drive, Santa Cruz. It requires a donation of $50 per person with the money being a benefit for FleaHab of Santa Cruz county. Kids are free. Get tickets here. FleaHab was founded in 2011 by surf legend Darryl "Flea" Virostko. It integrates exercise and a healthy lifestyle into the recovery process for... Read More
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:06 by Paul McLellan
EDAC has just announced market share numbers for Q1 this year.EDA industry revenue increased 8.1% for Q1 to $1.668B compared to $1.544B in Q1 2012. Sequentially revenue decreased 6.2% from Q4 2012 (this is normal, Q1 is almost always lower than Q4 of the prior year). Growth was especially strong in services, IP and PCB. Geographically Asia-Pacific had double digit growth but all regions except Japan were positive (and Japan only declined by 0.7%).Employment in EDA increased 5.4% from last year... Read More
Posted on Friday, August 9, 2013 - 09:48 by Paul McLellan
EDAC is organizing an event at the Computer History Museum (just by 101 and Shoreline) Back to the Future to celebrate the EDA industry.There are not yet many details other than the time-slot: Wednesday October 16th, 5.30 to 9pm. From 5.30pm until 7pm is a reception and then from 7-9pm is the event. That's all the details I know.You can't register yet but I'll post again nearer the time when more is known and the instructions for attending become clear.
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 06:24 by Paul McLellan
Here are a couple of videos of the Full Disclosure Blues Band. These were actually taken during rehearsal in the afternoon. The recordings of the live performances at the Denali party just had too much extraneous noise.Full Disclosure are:Sonia HarrisonGrant PierceKT MooreBob GardnerTakashi YoshimoriGary SmithDan MacMillenBitter PillLet the Healing Begin
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 06:23 by Paul McLellan
All exports from the United States of EDA software and services are controlled under the Export Administration Regulations, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As an EDA company, you need to understand these regulations. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties including imprisonment. Many smaller companies do not have the resources to track these complex and ever changing sets of export regulations, but ignorance of the laws is... Read More
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 06:22 by Paul McLellan
Aart de Geus gave one of the visionary look to the next 50 years of EDA during DAC in Austin last month. EDA is enabling the greatest push-pull ever, part of an exponential change on a scale never before seen.Technologies seem to go through a 50 year technical push phase (driven by improving the technology) followed by a 50 year economic pull phase (driven by implementation and new ways of using the technology). For a couple of years Aart has been calling this Technomics.For example, in 1451... Read More
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 - 05:34 by Paul McLellan
The call for abstracts for DVCon are open and the deadline is August 27th. Full details, including a link for online submission, are here.DVCon will be March 3-6th 2014 at the DoubleTree in San Jose. New for this year, the exhibits are on Monday as well as Tuesday and Wednesday.
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 - 05:33 by Paul McLellan
On the Wednesday evening of DAC this year was the 50th Anniversary Awards dinner. Unfortunately I was unable to attend since I had booked my flight out that evening long before I heard about the awards dinner.I’m not going to run through all the awards. There is a page listing them all on the DAC website here. However, over a period of 50 years there are some pretty long-lived achievements.Firstly, the most persistent attendee award went to Pat Pistilli. He started the first DAC (although... Read More
Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 07:10 by Paul McLellan
The opening keynote to this year's Semicon West was by Ajit Manocha, the CEO of GlobalFoundries entitled Foundry-driven Innovation In the Mobility Era. It is no secret that mobile applications, especially smartphones and tablets, are the most significant semiconductor market today. It is not just large, it is disruptive. In relatively short periods, companies like Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm have grown enormously, and the PC market, in particular Intel, is suffering and trying to create a... Read More
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 - 05:48 by Paul McLellan
One of the ten minute visionary presentations before they main keynotes as Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor. In fact the first photo on the montage on the front page of the DAC website is Wally giving his presentation. He titled his talk Changing the World Through EDA. Since EDA as we know it started in the late 1970s, the number of transistors on a design has increased by over 5 orders of magnitude in an environment where the number of designers has only grown a few percent per year over the period... Read More