Another standing room only morning in the general session! Intel Fellow Vivek Singh started things off with a fabulous overview of Moore’s Law, which included this assurance to all naysayers: Moore’s Law will continue because at its heart it’s about brilliant engineers solving design problems day in and day out. Given ever smaller feature sizes, advances in lithography, will be critical. Think advanced lithography is intuitive? Consider that the mask on left prints the image on the right.
Next was Jeffrey Owens, Delphi CTO, who told the crowd that "regardless of where the future takes us, design automation will play a huge role." Why? Consider that when he started at Delphi years ago, there were about 50,000 lines of code related to engine controls. Given the vast increase in software and overall complexity in today’s vehicles (which have 4x the amount of code in a F-35 fighter), without design automation tools, Jeffrey would need 200,000 software engineers today if he didn’t have such tools. Because these tools exist, he does just fine with just 5,000 software engineers. Those engineers are one reason that, if you consider sales of vehicles incorporating its technology, Delphi today ships more computers every day than Dell and HP combined. The cumulative amount of Delphi code shipped daily? 20 billion lines of code!
If you’re here in San Francisco, make sure to see the Audi SQ 5 on the show floor. Just a few months back it completed a 3,400-mile cross country trek, traveling 99% of that distance fully automated.
Travel well today at Moscone and follow the action at #52DAC.