At the 50th DAC award banquet, Pat Pistilli won the foundation award. In 2010 he received the Kaufman Award and back then I inteviewed him about the earliest days of EDA. Here is the interview again:Pat, who was at Bell Labs, started DAC (then called SHARE, the Society to Avoid Redundant Effort) 1964 along with a co-conspirator from IBM. The first conference was in Atlantic City in 1964. This eventually became DAC. When the availability of commercial EDA tools made DAC too big to manage as an... Read More
I will be going to Semicon West from 9th to 11th July in Moscone here in San Francisco. Of course there are lots of interesting sessions but here are two that I think are especially important to get a good impression of the way things are going in the future from experts. The two most interesting questions about the future are what comes after 14nm, and is EUV ever going to work for volume manufacturing. These two sessions look at exactly these issues.On Tuesday 9th from 10.30 to 12.30 in... Read More
Dr Stan Krolikoski has been honored with the 2013 Leadership Award from Accellera Systems Initiative.I think I first met Stan when I was running engineering at Compass Design Automation and we acquired CLSI Technology where he then worked. I think he is the only person I know who (a) has a PhD that is actually in philosophy and (b) has a second PhD as well, having discovered that a PhD in philosophy isn't quite the door opener to good jobs at somewhere like IBM. At the time he worked out of... Read More
So where in the world do you think semiconductor manufacturing is increasing the fastest? OK, Taiwan, that was pretty easy. But in second place, with over 20% of the world's semiconductor equipment capital investment is the US. Growing faster than Europe, China, Japan and equal with Korea.This was not the case half a dozen years ago. Intel was building its first fab in China at Dalian. AMD was ramping Dresden (Germany). Most semiconductor companies were transitioning to fab-lite models with... Read More
This year at DAC there was a new area of the show floor called Global Forum. For the first day of the show it was all blocked off with black curtains, but come 5pm the mayor of Austin, Lee Leffingwell, opened everything up, cutting the red ribbon with the largest pair of scissors I've ever seen.In the Global Forum were representatives from a couple of dozen different countries that have a presence in EDA, semiconductors or electronics. A few of the pods were unmanned since people from those... Read More
This year's Kaufman award winner is Chenming Hu. In contrast to previous years, this was presented on the Sunday evening of DAC instead of at a separate event in San Jose. Chenming's career was reviewed by Klaus Schuegraf, Group Vice President of EUV Product Development at Cymer, Inc (now part of ASML) and also one of the (many) students of Dr Hu.One thing that I had no idea about was that Chenming had climbed Everest at the age of 50. That seems pretty much up there (see what I... Read More
As is now traditional, Gary Smith kicked off DAC proper (there were workshops earlier and some co-located conferences started days before). He started by dismissing the idea that it costs $170M to do an SoC design.In fact he looked at 3 different cases. Firstly, the completely unconstrained design. Well, no design is completely unconstrained but for the main part of the market (mobile of one form or another) the power budget is 5W. EDA has actually done a good job of solving power problems and... Read More
One of the other increasingly successful channels (besides Semiwiki of course) for EDA, IP and semiconductor companies to reach potential customers is John Cooley's DeepChip. Every year he puts a lot of effort into trying to find out who is exhibiting what at DAC and which stuff seems like it is new and maybe important, and he produces a long guide (a couple of dozen pages). He even lists by name the most appropriate contact person at each company for the product that he is talking about.... Read More
The big 50th Anniversary party for DAC is on Monday night at the home of Austin City Limits. However, you can do good while enjoying yourself and also get into "The Hot Zone", an exclusive area within the party in the penthouse Jack and Jim Gallery. All you have to do is to donate $50 or more to CASA.CASA speaks up for children who've been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. Contributions go directly to CASA to... Read More
I already wrote about Franklin Barbecue, by some rankings the best in the whole country. If you want to go there you must be there early. They start serving at 11am and run out of food around 1pm. Closed on Monday.
But there are other barbecue and similar places near the convention center. Since I'm not an Austin native (we'll be back in my comfort zone the next couple of years since I live in San Francisco) I gathered local knowledge.
IronWorks- walking distance around the corner from the... Read More
This year, as part of DAC's 50th celebrations, DAC has organized the DAC Global Forum (DAC-GF). DAC-GF celebrates contributions and plans of nations around the globe to the field of electronic design in past 50 years and in the future. The Global Forum is sponsored by ATIC, the parent company of Global Foundries, an investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi government.Countries from around the world at different stages in development of their electronic industries will have exhibits. Countries... Read More
For 19 years GSA (going back to the days when it was Fabless Semiconductor Association, FSA) has recognized public and private semiconductor companies. The awards are celebrated at a dinner. This year's dinner is on Thursday December 12th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The keynote speaker at the dinner is Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark NJ.
Nominations for the awards are now open.
Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. The GSA’s most prestigious award recognizes individuals... Read More
This year for the first time the Thursday of DAC is tranining day. So that would be June 6th in Austin, of course. There are four tracks of training focused on SystemC, ARM Cortex and two on SystemVerilog, all areas of increasing use in SoC design, especially in mobile.
Each track of training is divided into two parts, one held from 9am to 12.30pm, and then a second part from 2pm to 5.30pm. All sessions are taught by a professional educator from Doulos (along with an engineer from ARM for the... Read More
Last night at Cadence was the next installment of what I have been calling Hogan University. Jim interviewed Joe Costello about how to tell a story as part of the EDAC emerging companies series of events. The main focus was how to tell a story as a small EDA company communicating with investors, although there are obviously other forms of communication. I'm assuming that if you are reading the DAC blog that you know that Joe Costello was CEO of Cadence for many years, taking it from its... Read More
This year DAC has keynotes by CEOs of two Austin-based companies Freescale Semiconductor and National Instrument. Two more keynotes (one split into two) are focused on mobile, which has become the major driver of semiconductor today. A fifth keynote, including presentation of the best paper award for DAC 2013, is by Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, who should need no introduction to readers of SemiWiki. The five keynotes are: Monday June 3rd at 10.15: Greg Lowe of Freescale... Read More