|IP track chair Mike McNamara.|
Now let me introduce you in more detail to our IP track chair, Adapt IP’s Mike McNamara, and one of our designer track co-chairs, Cadence’s Daniel Bourke. (Qualcomm’s Karam Chatha, the other designer track co-chair, will be introduced in a future blog.) With the window for submissions fast approaching, now is the time for you to get better acquainted.
|Designer track co-chair Dan Bourke.|
IP track chair Mike McNamara's early experience as a computer architect and chip designer (ESL/TRW, Cydrome, Ardent, Stardent) in the 1980s prepared and motivated him to be an EDA tool developer for more than two decades, starting in the 1990s. He developed VCS at Chronologic, SureCov at Surefire, and C-to-Silicon at Cadence). Mac left Cadence in 2012 to start Adapt IP, where he is leading the team that is building integrated circuits in an adaptable manner. More on Mac, from his grad school days at Cornell to his current gentleman farmer exploits (he owns a farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains that the writer John Steinbeck did in 1930s), can be found in this EEWeb interview.
Mac told EEWeb that Steinbeck owned the farm in 1930s though never gave up writing, presumably in part because of the challenge of making a living as a farmer. I know that many of you find the prospect of writing a conference paper to be a challenge given the demands of your jobs. I would! Though for inspiration, check out Steinbeck’s Wikipedia entry. It list 31 books to his credit, a few of which were published posthumously. Still, that’s nearly a book a year for his adult life, an impressive output, and one that perhaps makes the DAC requirements — remember, just a title, short abstract and six slides for the designer track! — seem a bit more manageable. Until next week.