Design Automation Conference Features 14 Workshops

Attendees to the 45th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will be able to participate in 14 workshops at this year’s conference. The workshops cover a wide variety of design technology areas as well as business-related topics. The 45th DAC will be held June 9 – 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“Our goal in designing the conference this year was to include as much variety as possible for attendees,” said Limor Fix, general chair, 45th DAC Executive Committee. “We hope that people will take advantage of the workshops, which are just one of the many learning opportunities that are so essential to DAC.”

Business Workshops
Four workshops focusing specifically on business issues will be offered at this year’s DAC. The Women in Design Automation: Networking, Negotiation, and Nonsense: Achieving Career Balance in an Unbalanced World is set for Monday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and speakers will address the foundations of various business skills such as negotiation and networking.

The other business workshops include Effective Technical Writing and the Introduction to Chips and EDA for a Non-technical Audience, both on June 10 and Maximizing Efficiency in the Development Cycle on June 12, will give DAC attendees a detailed look at integrating valuable business-related skills into everyday practice.

Design Workshops
DAC will offer workshops in four separate design categories: Low Power Design; Synthesis and FPGA; System Level and Embedded; and Strictly Design.

The Low Power Coalition Workshop – Advances in Low Power Design for Circuits and Systems, scheduled for June 8 at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will present the steps forward since the last Low Power Workshop at DAC 2007 and discuss future directions and end-user experiences with the technology developed and implemented so far.

The Low Power Technical Committee of ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) will partially sponsor the Cross-layer Power and Thermal Management full-day workshop on June 9 and will bring together new researchers to develop new visions for research on power and thermal management.

The full-day workshop, System and SoC Debug on June 8, is based on two successful workshops originally organized by ECSI in 2007 and 2008. It will provide overviews of several standards related to multicore debug and will include representation from IEEE working groups, including Nexus Forum, IJTAG (IEEE P1687) and groups within the OCP-IP, Multicore Association, SPIRIT and Eclipse consortiums.

The 4th Integrated Design Systems Workshop – OpenAccess: A Platform for Continuous Evolution and Innovation workshop on June 9 will examine the innovations changing the future of IC design.

Verification and Test Workshop
The full-day Diagnostic Services in Network-on-Chips (DSNOC) workshop, organized in conjunction with DAC and slated for June 9, will address the latest developments of Network-on-Chips (NoCs) related to test, debug and online monitoring. The focus of this workshop is to examine and explore NoCs and their impact on system design.

New and Emerging Technology Workshop
The full-day workshop, Biochips to Interface and Monitor Human Biological Functions, on June 8, will provide insights on new and emerging technologies, specifically focusing on biochip technologies and the future of medical science.

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).