Design Automation Conference Keynote Presentations

The 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will features keynote speakers from Apple/ Fusion-IO, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, and IBM. Steve Wozniak will discuss the joys of engineering innovation in putting systems together, and Dharmendra Modha will present a glimpse in the future of computing. In addition, Lisa Su and Gadi Singer will focus on the changes that embedded systems and software are driving in electronic product design and its impact on the EDA industry. DAC 2011 will take June 5-10, 2011 in San Diego, California.

DAC 2011 Keynotes

Up Close and Personal with Steve Wozniak
Monday, June 6, 2011 from 2:00–3:00pm
Steve Wozniak, founder of Apple Computer and currently Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO, will be interviewed live on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy on a wide range of topics, including the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Steve will provide his insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world.

Megatrends Driving Embedded Multicore Innovation
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 8:30-10:00am
Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager Of Networking And Multimedia for Freescale Semiconductor, will outline the evolution of embedded multicore processing solutions that are increasingly enabling the exponential growth in the mobile device and infrastructure markets. Topics covered will include the evolution of the network infrastructure, growth of multi-purpose embedded devices, increased trend towards heterogeneous system-on-chip (SOC) integration, balanced with the market realities of maintaining system development costs and energy efficiency. Continued innovation in every part of the value chain is needed in hardware design, software design, and in EDA tools. Key solutions and challenges for embedded multicore designs will be discussed as we move to advanced geometries and more highly integrated SOCs.

The Imminent EDA Transformation
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Gadi Singer, Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager of SOC Enabling Group for Intel, will present this keynote. The EDA industry faces a substantial shift. Electronic systems are going through fundamental and rapid change in domains ranging from TVs and in-vehicle devices to phones, tablets, and even PCs. These new systems require unprecedented connectivity, hardware and software complexity, and application and user interactions. To meet these challenges, the EDA industry must evolve and expand quickly to enable highly interdependent silicon, software, system, and experience solutions. The EDA industry’s current offering need to be reassessed, and the scope of the industry’s capabilities and environments needs to encompass exploration, design, verification, and debug across the complete hardware and software stack. Gadi will highlight opportunities for innovation and the changes necessary to support this brisk evolution and value creation in electronic systems.

Cognitive Computing: Neuroscience, Supercomputing, Nanotechnology
Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Dharmendra S. Modha, Founding Manager of the Cognitive Computing group at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and Principal Investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team of IBM Research will present this keynote. The ultimate goal of the DARPA SyNAPSE project is to build brain-like cognitive computing chips that scale to human cortex by moving beyond the von Neumann architecture and become the brains behind IBM’s Smarter Planet vision. The project leverages nanotechnology, supercomputing, and neuroscience and is a collaboration of four universities (Cornell, Columbia, Wisconsin-Madison, and UC Merced) and five IBM sites (Almaden, Yorktown, EFK, BTV, and IRL).

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