Design Automation Conference Releases Details of Technical Program

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) released the complete technical program for the 45th DAC, to be held June 8 – 12, 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. This year’s technical program features 138 papers, selected from 639 submissions, offering design engineers, managers, researchers and developers insights on the latest results and emerging trends in the design of electronic circuits and systems, and EDA. The 45th DAC also will feature eight special sessions, six full-day tutorials, seven panels plus 20 pavilion panels on the exhibit floor, and six hands-on tutorials. The complete program is now available on the DAC Web site.

“It takes an entire year to plan for the host of technical paper presentations, demonstrations of key new design technologies, panels, workshops and tutorials DAC offers attendees during this one special week,” Limor Fix, general chair of the 45th DAC executive committee. “Once again, DAC will provide participants with a remarkable array of effective channels to educate themselves on the latest ideas and products, to exchange information, and to network and identify collaboration opportunities.”

DAC also announced its slate of three distinguished keynote speakers for this year’s conference. Justin R. Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, Intel and an Intel Senior Fellow, will deliver the opening keynote on Tuesday, June 9 on “EDA for Digital, Programmable, Multi-Radios.” The keynote on Wednesday, June 10 will be delivered by Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, Chief Operating Officer and President, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Group. The final keynote speaker, Jack Little, President and a co-founder of The MathWorks, will present, “Idea to Implementation: A Different Perspective on System Design” on Thursday, June 11.

Every year approximately 10,000 attendees visit DAC representing EDA, chip, and electronics companies as well as universities. This year they will also be able to participate in the 13 workshops during DAC, as well as the additional co-located events, MEMOCODE 2008 and NANOARCH 2008, and an adjunct event, the Global STC (Semiconductor Test Consortium) Conference.

The 45th DAC will feature 36 technical sessions in six tracks including multi-core, system-level design; design for manufacturability (DFM); and verification. A special wireless theme will include an all-day track of sessions on Wednesday, June 11, with a panel that will identify readiness for next-generation wireless multimedia devices and a special session titled, “Business Meets Technology.” A new iDesign track on Tuesday will offer designers two practical sessions; the first on how to build a practical physical implementation flow, the second on the class libraries in SystemVerilog that enhance productivity, with both VMM and OVM methodologies discussed. The popular Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) returns for its second year highlighting forward-looking innovative ideas.

On Tuesday, June 9, DAC will offer a Management Day track with three sessions that provide a unique opportunity for managers to gain insights from their peers in the industry. Managers representing key independent device manufacturers (IDMs) and major fabless companies will discuss today’s changing design needs and demonstrate corresponding management decision criteria to make the right choices from a pool of alternate options for flows, methodologies and suppliers.

This year’s program reflects the emergence of multicore technology with a special session exploring issues related to their use for general-purpose as well as EDA applications. This is followed by a two-part panel — the first part examines the outlook for EDA on multicores, providing the perspective of the major EDA vendors, while the second part addresses the design of multicore systems. Other parts of the program will illustrate how embedded systems are going multicore as well and a practical session for verification engineers will detail how to achieve coverage convergence and verify multi-threaded processors. This emphasis is also evident in a special full-day tutorial designed to provide a learning experience on programming for multiprocessors.

Six full-day tutorial presentations are scheduled for Monday, June 8 and Friday, June 13. Taught by practitioners from the field, the topics will span modern software programming, DFM, system-level synthesis and verification, system-level design for embedded systems, low-power design and practical mixed-signal design principles, all with an emphasis on technology fundamentals for real-life designs.

Six vendor-presented hands-on tutorials scheduled throughout the conference will focus on the role of intellectual property in a design methodology. The theme “Embedding IP in your design: challenges and solutions” will give attendees first-hand experience with vendor tools, IP selection and IP integration.

Thirteen workshops will be offered on Sunday and Monday on an array of design topics. The annual Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA) will be held on Monday, June 9, 2008 on the theme, “Networking, Negotiation and Nonsense: Achieving Balance in an Unbalanced World.”

Advance conference registration opens today. To register for DAC call 1-800-321-4573 in the U.S. to request registration materials. The advance conference registration discount deadline is May 19, 2008.

About DAC
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,500 organizations attends each year, from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight is its Exhibition and Suite area with approximately 250 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon and IP providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA), the Circuits and Systems Society and Council on Electronic Design Automation of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE/CASS/CEDA) and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium).