The annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) is a big deal and should be of interest to students considering a career in developing software to help automate some of the toughest design and verification challenges in SoC design. Full article: SemiWiki - Daniel Payne
Thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of various thought leaders in the IP industry - folks like Mike McNamera, Warren Savage, McKenzie Mortensen, Clark Chen, Devin Persaud, Tiffany Sparks, Yervant Zorian, and Farzad Zarrinfar - at last, IP has become an anchor tenant at DAC. Full article: EDACafe-Peggy Aycinena
Researchers and practitioners from the automotive industry get a chance to directly interact with the electronic design automation and embedded systems & software community.
Full Article: SAE Newsletter - February 2014
Power continues to be the big issue at this year’s DAC, and it’s one of the primary focal points for announcements at this year’s conference in Austin, Texas.
Jasper Design, for example, just added power awareness to its formal verification tools. Formal is effective in routing out very specific design problems rather than verifying an entire SoC or even a block. Oz Levia, vice president of marketing at the company, explained that the goal is to take RTL and infuse it with power structure sequences, insert buffers and then extract assertions to verify the power sequencing is correct.
Aldec announced the launch of Spec-TRACER, which helps organizations manage, control and track requirements throughout the entire FPGA/ASIC development lifecycle by streamlining and automating the requirements engineering process such as capture, traceability, requirements versions tracking, results management and reporting. The new product is targeted for use in safety-critical industries in which rigorous certification standards exist, such as DO-254 for avionics, ISO 26262 for automotive, IEC 61508/61511 for industrial and IEC 61513 for nuclear.
Full Article: EDA Café- Peggy Aycinena
The last day of the Exhibit Hall portion of DAC always arrives with a certain sensibility. Over the course of the 3 days, the place has become something between Our Town and a small college campus, and now with graduation it’s not clear when everyone will be together again. Yet the next phase of life beckons with all of its possibilities and trepidations, and people have to move on.
After a five year absence from the EDA industry proper, I just attended Gary Smith’s forecast for the industry and I’m happy to report that the industry is still very much alive! See the industry numbers and forecast graph below.
The 50th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin Texas is a landmark event. It is remarkable to think that engineers have been using computer-aided design for electronic systems for more than half a century now. In honor of DAC’s 50th anniversary, there is a small museum in the front of the show with memorabilia (pronounced “swag”) spanning the five-decade history of the conference.