International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)

The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry’s top technical conference, is now previewing its Technical Program, including leading keynote speakers, tutorials and panels. The Conference will be held November 5-9 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.

This year’s ICCAD theme focuses on current hot topics such as power, variability, and system design, but also expands its focus to include post-CMOS emerging technologies such as carbon nanotubes, molecular transistors, spin-based and single electron devices, DNA-based computing, electro-chemical components, MEMS, and the integration in sensor systems and biochips.

ICCAD 2006 will feature industry-leading keynote addresses from Phil Hester, Chief Technology Officer of AMD, entitled “An Industry in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges in Next-Generation Microprocessor Design”, and Leon Stok, Director of EDA at IBM entitled “Innovation in Electronic Design Automation”.

Technical Program Details
Soha Hassoun from TuftsUniversity and Georges Gielen from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven serve as this year’s General and Program Chair, respectively. The technical program, which runs from Monday – Wednesday includes 130 papers that were selected according to rigorous standards by the ICCAD Program Committee. The program begins on Sunday, November 5, with a workshop on the convergence between technology and design; and concludes on Thursday, November 9, with six half-day tutorials. Two panels and seven embedded tutorials are also featured.

A system design issues theme runs the entire length of the conference including issues such as system power and performance optimization, architecture-level thermal and variability issues, and energy minimization in real-time embedded systems, as well as two embedded tutorials “Challenges in Designing and Mapping Algorithms to Multi-Core Systems”, and “The Use of UML Versus SystemC in the Design of Systems”.

A classic at ICCAD will continue this year with physical design sessions on placement, routing and interconnect. Also, two embedded tutorials will focus on the impact of new materials used in CMOS technology, and the consequences of rising DRC rule complexity. The latest results in related fields, such as test and analog CAD, will be presented, including an embedded tutorial on the challenges facing mixed-signal design.

Continued from last year is the full-day track focused on design and applications in emerging nano technologies beyond CMOS. This “nano day” program has two embedded tutorials from renowned experts in the field, and two regular paper sessions. It takes place the entire day on Wednesday.

Over 750 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference. Full program information will be available at the ICCAD web site beginning August 25, 2006. Advance registration will be open at that time.

The International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) has served EDA and Design professionals for the last 20 years by highlighting new challenges and innovative solutions for integrated circuit design technologies and systems.