ICCAD Previews Technical Program

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 5-8 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 2007 will feature a number of tutorials, two industry-leading keynote addresses, two outstanding panels, and numerous networking opportunities.

Technical Program Details
Georges Gielen from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Sani Nassif from IBM Research serve as this year’s General and Program Chair, respectively. The 2007 technical program continues ICCAD’s well-established reputation as the place where the most important research breakthroughs are presented. The program includes 37 technical sessions crammed with 139 superb papers selected out of 511 submissions, spanning from ICCAD’s traditional strength areas in physical design, circuit analysis, and synthesis, to new and emerging areas such as post-silicon devices and technologies, regular fabrics and 3D integration. In addition, four embedded tutorials on nano-photonics, physical synthesis, MOSFET modeling and formal verification round out the program.

A key highlight of the program is its two keynotes from Jeffrey Welser, Director of the Nano-Electronics Research Initiative, on Tuesday November 6, and John Kibarian, founder, President and CEO of PDF Solutions, on Thursday November 8.

In order to more effectively serve its increasingly international audience, this year’s ICCAD starts on a Monday, versus Sunday as in previous years. On Monday, November 5, six in-depth tutorials will be held on the topics of logic concurrency, layout and post-layout variations issues and solutions, specific within-die variability issues, DFM routing and clock distribution, and deterministic modeling of timing and reliability.

Two exciting panels will also occur on Tuesday, when the regular technical program starts. The lunch panel will highlights ethical and legal issues during transitions, and will feature top EDA executives, attorneys, and intellectual property experts. The evening panel, “ICCAD Idol,” will feature professors as judges that will review brief presentations from industry leaders seeking a piece of the startup pie, from each of the five ICCAD topics.

In addition to the regular sessions, attendees will be able to attend the ICCAD’s technology fair all day Wednesday featuring leading EDA corporations and institutions and numerous networking opportunities. A special lunch will be held to honor the late Margarida Jacome, a leading EDA researcher and member of ICCAD’s executive committee.

Over 750 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference. Full program information is available at the ICCAD web site. Advance registration is open as well.

The International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) is the world’s premier conference in electronic design technology and has served EDA and Design professionals for the last 25 years by highlighting new challenges and breakthrough innovative solutions for integrated circuit design technologies and systems.