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Update on the Design Technology Committee

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Design Technology Committee (DTC) represents EDA users from system and semiconductor companies to form a strong partnership with the EDA industry. The DTC wants to engage with EDA vendors in bi-directional discussions on common EDA needs and requirements and overall industry, system design and technology directions.

The DTC will align its members on standardization topics and will coordinate them closely with the existing standards development organizations, such as Accellera, the IEEE DA Standards Committee and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). Along with the identification of newly needed standards and standards extensions, the committee will establish common directions for ongoing standardization activities.

Often, the DTC members experience similar challenges in system design. These challenges continue to increase with migrations to newer technology nodes and the integration of more and more functionalities onto a single system or into a single package. At the same time, our design teams need to become more productive and efficient in order to reduce cycle times and product development cost.

We have, however, observed that despite that the challenges are similar, they are often addressed in different but somewhat similar ways. This leads to inefficiencies that prevent the easy reuse of IP and lead to many different approaches in EDA tools to address the same problem.

Instead of trying to solve our EDA requirements in numerous one-on-one discussions between EDA user companies and EDA vendors, the DTC wants to establish a more common set of EDA needs and requirements and discuss them with the EDA industry. This will allow us all to streamline and accelerate the efficient development of required EDA functionalities.

Furthermore, it will free up experienced resources at EDA vendor and EDA user companies to focus on value-added differentiation for the benefit of the individual companies.

In the age of partnerships within the system and semiconductor value chain, it is now time to look also for partnerships in areas of common interest across these value chains.

Since our formation last year, we have grown membership to its current list of senior CAD representatives from AMD, Broadcom, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Corp, Oracle, STMicroelectronics, STARC and Texas Instruments. We will be expanding this list even further in the current year.

The DTC looks forward to fruitful and cooperative discussions with the EDA industry and standards organizations to accelerate relevant EDA, CAD and methodology development for the benefit of system design teams worldwide.

Luca Daniel to be Honored with Early Career Award from IEEE CEDA

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I’m pleased to announce that Luca Daniel, associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT, is this year’s Early Career Award recipient.

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) established the first Early Career Award in 2009. The award recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to the area of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) in the early stages of her or his career.

The first was awarded last year to Professor Igor Markov from the University of Michigan who was recognized for his outstanding contributions to algorithms, methodologies and software for the physical design of integrated circuits.
Professor Daniel will be recognized for his contribution to electromagnetic field analysis, parasitic variation-aware extraction and automated parameterized linear and non-linear stable model reduction.

The award is based on contributions to the field of EDA. The contribution is measured on the technical merit and creativity in performing research, and is assessed based on the published record of the individual and references accompanying the nomination. The award is intended to be equally available to contributors from academic and industrial institutions.

The call for nominations closed in April this year with seven very good nominations. The Award Committee worked hard to evaluate the current and potential impact of the nominees’ individual contributions to EDA, and selected Professor Daniel.

As well as serving as an associate professor at MIT, Professor Daniel is a principal investigator of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) Computational Prototyping Group. His research interests include parameterized model order reduction of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems; mixed-signal, RF and mm-wave circuit design and robust optimization; power electronics, MEMs design and fabrication; parasitic extraction and accelerated integral equation solvers.

Professor Daniel received the Laurea degree summa cum laude in Electronic Engineering from the Universita’ di Padova in Italy in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. In 1997, he collaborated with STMicroelectronics Berkeley Labs. In 1998, he worked for HP Research Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., and in 2001, he was employed by Cadence Berkeley Labs.

This award will be presented November 8 at the opening session of ICCAD 2010, sponsored by IEEE CEDA, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. Details about ICCAD can be found at: www.iccad.com.

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