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.
Full Article - Paul McLellan, SemiWiki
The Embedded Systems and Software strand at DAC 2013 accounts for more than 35% of the overall technical program. And so it should. The methodological collision between the software and the hardware worlds needs to become an alignment.
Full Article - Paul Dempsey, Tech Design Forum
As registration for DAC 2013 (June 2-6) opened, we spoke to general chair Yervant Zorian about what to expect from the conference which this year rolls out for the first time in Austin, Texas.
“It’s very exciting for us to be in Austin as it’s the second largest cluster for design in the US,” he says. “That makes us very positive about attracting a big crowd to DAC and we’ve been working very closely with the local design community to make sure with have an excellent program, both technically and socially.”
Full Article - Paul Dempsey, Tech Design Forum
This seems to be the year for milestone events in the EDA industry, though calculations show some of the “anniversary” designations to be premature. Nevertheless, the first big EDA event of the year is the Design and Verification Conference (DVCon), held in San Jose, CA every February. DVCon celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, after a transformation from HDLcon in 2003, which followed the earlier union of the VHDL International User’s Forum and International Verilog HDL Conference. Those predecessor conferences trace their origins back 25 years and 20 years, respectively.
Full Article - Mike Demler, Editorial Director, OpenSystems Media
Another note from DAC 2012: In Gary Smith’s Sunday night pre-DAC talk, he mentioned that in 2011, ESL tools took off – the famous Hockey Stick. See his slide (courtesy of my friend Frank Schirrmeister):
Could the long-awaited, long postponed arrival of the ESL Hockey Stick at the same time as the Stanley Cup Finals be a coincidence? Enquiring minds think not! It must be a mystical confluence after all.
So do ESL Designers favour the Kings or the Devils? All my favourite teams are not in the finals, so I will stay strictly neutral.
Despite several glitches along the way, the semiconductor industry has managed to move down the process technology curve as defined by Moore’s Law. But going forward, the industry will require new breakthroughs in chip-scaling and EDA technology to enable the next wave of systems over the next decade, according to a technologist from ARM Ltd.
During and after a keynote address at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco on Tuesday (June 5), Mike Muller, chief technology officer at ARM, also addressed a range of other topics, including the state of the foundry industry, the demise of PCs, and, of course, the mobile revolution based on ARM’s technology.
There are three reasons why DAC will be spectacular come June in Austin: It’s the 50th instantiation of the conference; for the first time ever DAC is coming to the home of Office Space; and Synopsys Solutions Group Chief Architect Yervant Zorian will be General Chair, which means the 2013 Design Automation Conference has got the very best in the business at the top, a guy who’s CV includes leading committees of all shapes and sizes, IEEE Standards initiatives, and a variety of conferences, big and small.
Full Article - Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe
It’s time to start examining the Conference Program and figure out how you’re going to spend your time in the first week of June when you’re attending the Design Automation Conference next month in San Francisco at Moscone Center.
Super Sunday …
Sunday is never a Day of Rest for DAC attendees, and Sunday June 3, 2012 is no exception. First, there are 4 co-located conferences happening in Moscone Center on DAC Sunday:
* IWLS: International Workshop on Logic Synthesis
* SLIP: System Level Interconnect Prediction Workshop
* HOST: IEEE Internt’l Symposium on Hardware & Trust
* ESLsyn: Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference
There are also 7 DAC-related workshops:
* CMOS Design at 60 GHz & Beyond
* Moore than More...
Why call this Thermocouple Thursday?
For two reasons. First, because the rest of the days at DAC 2012 in San Francisco got alliterated:
* Super Sunday
* Marvelous Monday
* Terrible Tuesday
* Wicked Wednesday
And second, because “a thermocouple is a device consisting of two dissimilar metals joined at two points, the potential difference between the two junctions being a measure of their difference in temperature.”*
And if that doesn’t describe Thursday, June 7th, at DAC 2012 what does?
After all, nobody really sticks around for Thursday at DAC unless a) they’re presenting on that day, b) they’ve got a client and/or student presenting on that day, or c) they’re staying through the weekend to vacation in The City.
But people not...
For more than a decade embedded systems developers have looked with hope and optimism at the emergence of hardware description languages such as C++ derived System C, C-derived Verilog, Ada-derived VHDL, and the various EDA tools for simplifying hardware/software co-design, co-verification, and emulation. Typical of that early optimism is “The architecture exploration process,” written by Lloyd Pople in 2000. That optimism has continued in morerecent design articles, white papers, and webinars on these topics, of which myEditor’s Top Picks are:
Use emulation to debug SW/HW at the same time by EVE-USA’s Donald Cramb
Expand emulation’s reach with virtual devices by Mentor Graphics’ Jim Kenney
HW/SW co-verification basics, a four part...