One DAC panel session that I am looking forward to attending is the Chevy Volt Teardown. This takes place at 1.30-2.30pm on Tuesday June 5th at the DAC pavilion (aka booth 310). Al Speier of Munro Associates will be talking about a teardown that they did at Munro Associates where he is a senior associate. Is that enough "associates" in one sentence? Unfortunately they won't actually be tearing down a Chevy Volt on the show floor. That would be a clever trick in an hour for a start. But... Read More
Any companies exhibiting at DAC, today is the last day to get discounted services from GES. The price goes up tomorrow. You must enter everything on the GES Expresso System. San Francisco unions are expensive enough so get the discount ($107 per hour for unskilled labor, really).
I’m sometimes asked where I take visitors to San Francisco. What would I recommend you do as a tourist here? What inside information to us locals know that tourists do not?
See the Golden Gate Bridge. The best way is not to drive there or get a taxi, but to rent a bicycle (lots of places on that side of the city, try Googling “blazing saddles”) and cycle across the bridge. You can then go down the hill into Sausalito. There is a regular ferry back from Sausalito to San... Read More
Each year at DAC the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) sponsors a lunchtime talk. This year Mark Horowitz, chairman of Stanford University's Electrical Engineering Department will offer his views on Digital/Analog design.
The talk is at lunchtime on Tuesday June 5th. It is in room 303 in the Moscone Center at 11.45 until 1.30pm. Any DAC attendees are welcome but it is on a first-come first-served basis and ususally these lunches fill up completely so I'd advise you to get... Read More
If you are visiting DAC and want a drink in the evening then you are in an interesting city and you don’t have to go to a bar just like the ones in the city where you live. Here are a few unique places: Bourbon and branch. It is an old speakeasy. You have to make a reservation on their website and they will tell you where the bar is and what the password is. You then have to ring the bell at an unmarked door and give the password. OK, a bit hokey, but they have incredible cocktails.... Read More
This is a guide to stuff around the Moscone Center for people who don't live in San Francisco. These are just places I know and like. I have nothing to do with any of them financially.
Places to eat lunch or dinner
Obviously you can eat in the convention center, but it is more fun to get out. So here are some places within about 10 minutes walk of Moscone that I recommend.
The food court in the San Francisco Center on Market Street between 4th and 5th Street. There are actually two but the one... Read More
The second way to make sure that there is no silicon far from the gate is to go away from a bulk silicon process and instead use an insulator, put a thin layer of silicon on it, and then build planar transistors in the normal way. There is no silicon far from the gate because if you go that deep it is no longer silicon, you are into the insulator layer (where obviously no current can flow). This is the approach ST is taking and was explained in a lot more detail by Joël Hartman of... Read More
There are two ways to ensure that there is no silicon far from the gate. One is the FinFET. Build a fin (the name comes from being like a fin on a fish) for the channel and then wrap the gate over the top of the fin. The key parameter is to make the fin thinner than the gate width. That way the whole channel is completely controlled by the gate since everywhere in the channel is close enough to the gate. Working FinFETs have been built at 5nm and 3nm (using e-beam so not economic for mass... Read More
There was a fascinating presentation at the GSA event this week. Anyone involved in semiconductor design or EDA would have benefited from the clear explantation.
We have all heard that planar transistors have run out of steam. There are two ways forward. The one that has garnered all the attention is Intel's trigate which is their name for FinFET. The other is using thin film SoI which ST is doing. TSMC and Global seem to be going the FinFET way too, although at a more leisurely pace. But... Read More
UPDATE: all buses have free WiFi
If you live in Silicon Valley then for the first time this year DAC is providing buses from the valley to Moscone. The buses leave from the Cadence parking lot at 2655 Seely Avenue (where you can leave your car all day for free). The buses run from Monday to Wednesday with buses to San Francisco at 7am, 7.30am and 8am with return buses back to San Jose at 6.15pm, 6.45pm and 7.15pm.
You can't just show up though, you need to get a ticket attached to your DAC... Read More
The third DAC keynote this year is something a little bit different. Joshua Friedrich of the IBM Server and Technology Group, and Brad Heaney of Intel talk about two major processor designs. It is at 10.15am on Wednesday June 6th.
Joshua will talk about the Power Processor Design and Methodology Directions. Power (also often called PPC) is the architecture originally developed by IBM and Freescale (then still Motorola) along with Apple who used it for a period in Macs. It still is the... Read More
EDAC just announced their numbers for Q4 2011. Total revenue increased 12.8% to $1.7B compared to $1.5B a year ago, also up 10% from Q3 of last year. This was a record quarter to finish off a record year.
EDAC also tracks the number of employees in EDA, which increased to 27,263 up from 26,767 a year earlier.
The Americas purchased $726.3M of EDA products and services, up 12.8%. EMEA was up 11.8% to $306.1M. Japan declined 10.5% to $248.1M. APAC increased a huge 34% to $419.6M.
Of course, full... Read More
Today DAC announced that Dr Belle Wei of San Jose State University (SJSU) will be awarded the 13th annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. It will actually be awarded at DAC on Monday June 4th at the DAC pavilion (otherwise known as booth 310) at 4.30pm where she will be interviewed by Daya Nadamuni of Gary Smith EDA. Belle's official title is the catchy "Don Beall Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University".... Read More
Gary Smith kicks off the Pavilion program with his annual “What’s Hot at DAC” presentation on Monday, June 4th, from 9:15-10:15am. The rest of Monday’s pavilion panels are:· “Low power to the people,” a panel discussing low-power design techniques, struggles and solutions.· “Is life-care the next killer app?” a panel looking at where electronics and EDA is going in health,... Read More
The DAC program is now online. The schedule for the technical conference is here. The panel sessions are here. Most of these are in the DAC pavilion on the exhibit floor at booth 310 but a few are in room 305. There is a list of the Monday tutorials here. Tuesday at DAC is management day, and Wednesday is ESS executive day. On Sunday (with one on Thursday on post-silicon debug) are the all-day workshops.
The two keynotes are from Mike Muller of ARM and C.L. (David) Liu, the winner of the 2011... Read More