While the conflicts around the world are overshadowing my complete euphoria, I have to admit that I’m still in Fussball wow-land right now. Germany won the World Cup! What an amazing goal from youngster Mario Goetze! Here is what the 22-year-old forward from Bayern-Muenchen had to say after the game: "Andre [Schurrle] put in a superb ball and I was able to control it on my chest, then somehow the ball was in the net." It was a beautiful goal!
Browsing through some German blogs... Read More
In Brazil the drama continues, though that may be understating what happened yesterday. I’m still rendered nearly speechless by the result from Belo Horizonte, where all sorts of history was made. Of course I’m thrilled that Germany has a chance to win its first World Cup since 1990, though like much of Fussball-fandom I’m stunned and even a bit unnerved at how easy they made it look in the semifinal. Surely the absence of Neymar and Silva didn’t help matters for Brazil... Read More
Are you following the World Cup? I am. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m German, so soccer (rather, Fussball) is much more up my alley than football or baseball will ever be.
When it comes to DAC planning, we are still at the fun, early stage of casting about widely for ideas and feedback. Mostly now we’re looking to prompt a bit of creative discussion, a challenge since the majority of you are probably thinking far more about soccer than semiconductors or software at... Read More
Last week I bought a new car. Of course I was excited about the big purchase, though I also agonized as I finally gave in and bought my first car with an automatic transmission. This is huge for me as I have always driven stick shifts. I like to be in control of how the car is driven and only chose an automatic because I’m simply tired of my limited options here in the United States. The sales guy at BMW told me that only 3-6% percent of cars sold in this country have a manual... Read More
I briefly mentioned last week that I want to give you a glimpse behind the curtain of the DAC operation during the year. One goal of this blog is to give you some insight into the work the fabulous volunteers for DAC are doing. And that’s not only the 20 volunteers on the DAC Executive Committee. From the technical program committees all the way to the marketing committee, the event is entirely shaped by volunteers.
The idea of being General Chair freaked me out a little in the... Read More
The DAC executive committee closed the 51st DAC on Friday. And guess what? Right afterwards we had the first planning meeting for next year’s conference, for which I’ll serve as General Chair. Since most attendees don’t really get a glimpse behind the curtain into these sorts of activities, I thought I’d experiment by blogging my way to next June in San Francisco.
I plan to publish on a regular basis, thus the blog’s title “52 Weeks of DAC”. I admit... Read More
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