Silicon Integration Initiative to Host Integrated Design Systems Workshop

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced they will host the Integrated Design Systems Workshop at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, from June 8-13, 2008. The “4th Integrated Design Systems Workshop – OpenAccess: A Platform for Continuous Evolution and Innovation” will be held on June 9, from 12PM – 4PM in Room 208A, and includes lunch.

As OpenAccess continues to deliver on the promise of interoperable EDA tools, its rich ecosystem is leading to exciting innovations that are changing the future of IC design systems. This workshop will explore some of these areas which are right now being developed by the OpenAccess community. Presentations and demonstrations will highlight these innovations and provide details on current functionality as well as planned progress. They include:

1. Electronic System Level (ESL) Extensions: Potential extensions to OpenAccess will allow ESL design systems to directly interface to OpenAccess-based physical analysis capabilities. These extensions will enable the mapping of system-level design representations on to their physical counterparts in OpenAccess to facilitate this analysis. Speakers: John Darringer, IBM and Luca Carloni, Columbia University

2. OpenEngines: This proposed program would allow the interoperation of software engines and components that sit on top of the OpenAccess application programming interface (API) and information model. EDA vendors, academia, and end-user tool developers could write these engines without the need to build complete applications, and EDA users could integrate them into their OpenAccess-based design systems. Speaker: Rob Mains, Sun Microsystems

3. Open Modeling Calculation Interface: The OpenAccess Coalition is working with the Open Modeling Coalition to develop a common interface to support consistent and accurate computation of library models for all EDA applications. This system provides direct access and bi-directional communication between OpenAccess applications and executable library models and parameters. Speaker: Martin Foltin, Hewlett-Packard

4. Interoperable PCell Libraries (IPL): The IPL Initiative is creating and distributing an open-source IPL that resides in the OpenAccess database. For the first time in semiconductor industry history, IC designers will be able to operate on the same PCell libraries with tools from multiple vendors and any tools that they developed in-house. Speakers: Ed Lechner, Synopsys and Ed Petrus, Ciranova

Other Si2-sponsored events at DAC include the Low-Power Workshop on June 8, from 4PM-7PM and the Si2 Member/Guest Meeting on June 9, from 6PM-8PM.

About Si2
Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.