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Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC
Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC
Chuck is the Group Director for Cadence Digital Signoff Group. Prior to joining Cadence he spent 17 years working at IBM Research in Austin, developing internal EDA tools. He received B.S. and B.A. degrees from Stanford University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1996.

#53DAC, 7: Fly brains, trillion-transistor devices and tales from a Steve Jobs alum

 
April 26th, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

All of a sudden it’s nearly the end of April, high time to switch from months to weeks (just six to go now!) in the countdown to DAC, which I can guarantee is going to be a great conference. One big reason I’m confident is that, as always, we have an excellent lineup of keynoters as worthy of a stage at TED or SxSW as at the world’s premier design automation conference. See my past posts on Peter Stone (Thursday keynote) and Lars Reger (Monday) for a refresher. And don’t forget the luminaries sandwiched between the two of them:

Tuesday back-to-back big thinkers will take the main stage. One is Louis Scheffer, a researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Shcheffer has spent a lifetime studying whether it might be possible to reconstruct the nervous system, a challenge given the boggling complexity in even the simplest animals. The humble fly brain that Scheffer studies has about 100 million connections. The success of Scheffer and his colleagues in mapping a small fraction of those connections, the region of the fly’s brain that processes vision, warranted a 2013 publication in Nature, likely the world’s most prestigious scientific journal.
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#53DAC, 6: How long until you can take a self-driving car to DAC?

 
April 4th, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

NXP Automotive CTO Lars Reger to open DAC Monday; time to register and book your hotel | There is no hotter topic in tech than self-driving cars. How else to explain the worldwide headlines after what can only be described as a modest little fender-bender last month in Mountain View. The culprit was one of Alphabet, Inc.’s autonomous Lexus 450hs, by now a media darling/goat. Despite the apparent and very prosaic facts — the Lexus was traveling 2 miles per hour, nobody was hurt, it was the first at-fault incident in more than 1.5 million miles of autonomous driving, etc. — the event was and remains a modest sensation, online and otherwise.

“Google was dealing with a pronounced shadow hanging over its presence at SXSW this week,” wrote Nick Statt last week in The Verge. “Now the fallout [from the accident] has found its way into nearly every transportation-focused panel discussion here in Austin.”

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#53DAC, 5: AI superstar Peter Stone to give Thursday keynote

 
February 12th, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

Autonomous bidding agents to robo-soccer | What good luck that Peter Stone, one of the world leaders in artificial intelligence (AI), is right here at UT Austin. Stone will give the Thursday keynote, an excellent reason for you to make sure to stay through the final day of the conference.

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#53DAC, 4: Announcing DAC’s First Art Show

 
February 2nd, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

Every year DAC features something new. For the general chair, balancing tried and true conference elements with infusions of change is part of the art of putting on DAC and keeping it fresh. This year one change has to do with art itself — #53DAC features what I believe to be the first art show in the conference’s long history.

No, I’m not asking you to submit that painting you’ve been laboring over, perhaps with the help of last fall’s Bob Ross marathon on Twitch. Rather, this is a call for you to send in the best, most aesthetically interesting images associated with design automation today.

Examples include die photoshots of silicon designs, design floorplans and placemats, 3-D wiring or clock visualizations, lithographic images and thermal maps. But that list is just the starting point. Really, any image associated with how our community is helping to create the world’s astonishing array of electronic devices is welcome.

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DAC Finds a New Voice

 
February 1st, 2016 by Mike Gianfagna

Mike Gianfagna is the VP of marketing at eSilicon Corporation

DAC stands for Design Automation Conference. Everyone: please stop saying “the DAC conference”. This may not be as widespread as folks calling an automated teller machine an ATM machine, but it’s still odd. But I digress…

This year, the 53rd DAC will be held in Austin, Texas starting June 5. I’ve been going to DAC for more years than I will ever put in writing. I’ve seen some marvelous things unveiled at this show. Innovations that impact IC design and manufacturing typically. This year will be different though.

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IP Cuts Dynamic Power Dissipation 20% More Than Can Be Achieved With Standard Techniques

 
January 26th, 2016 by Michael Hopkins, founder of CurrentRF

CC-100 PowerOp IP 

The CC-100 PowerOp IP harvests waste energy (logic overlap current) in digital and mixed signal SOC’s, and recycles a portion of it back into the system for an overall lower system power profile.  This IP allows users to save watts of power, depending on how much digital or dynamic power is being consumed in a given SOC, and can fit in the left-over “white space” of most SOC or processor designs.

In short, this IP turns the standard power saving techniques around, saving power when circuits turn on, thus complimenting, not competing with, standard industry techniques normally used to save power.

The CC-100 PowerOp IP has been realized in Proof-of-Concept silicon and has been produced and characterized on the IBM CM018RF RF manufacturing process.

The CC-100 PowerOp IP import is scalable to any IC process ranging from .6um to 28nm, available on request from CurrentRF   Proof-of-concept, characterization, and design aid documents and boards for the CC-100 IP are also available on request.

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USB used as an Analog-RF Port

 
January 26th, 2016 by Michael Hopkins, founder of CurrentRF

Most associate USB and it’s hardware as a digital and system data transfer protocol only.  Thinking of USB in terms of Analog and RF has only recently been a subject of interest in USB design, a necessity with the advent of USB 3 speeds and protocols.   In fact, RF effects become dominant in the data transfer speeds involved with in USB 3.    CurrentRF has developed a methodologies and technologies that allow server and network device USB ports, normally thought as digital and system data transfer ports, to be used as Analog/RF pickup ports for system noise and power reduction.

If one opens and ignores the data lines used for any flavor of USB, and focuses only on the resident +5V power and ground lines, one will see a rich source of RF frequencies of significant magnitude, that would enable energy harvesting techniques to be employed to recover this resident, generated energy.  In fact, if one utilizes an ac coupled spectrum analyzer of sufficient bandwidth, one will not only see frequency spikes and noise related to USB data transfers, but “coupled in” frequencies and noise energies related to other aspects of servers and network devices.

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Check out what DAC has in store for you!

 
January 25th, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

Chuck Alpert, General Chair of the 53rd DAC was recently interviewed by Warren Savage on Take Five.  Check out what DAC has in store this upcoming June and learn how you can still participate in the DAC program!

DVCon Europe: European Practicality With International Relevance

 
October 30th, 2015 by Dave Kelf

On November 11th and 12th, DVCon Europe will once again take place in the lovely city of Munich. The inaugural event last year demonstrated a clear need for this event in Europe, with a focus on practical information that allowed the attendees to get a rapid, all-encompassing update on a broad range of design and verification techniques. Furthermore, it also showed the international audience those areas where Europe leads, influencing EDA development and thinking on a global basis.

This year’s show promises an even bigger and better program. It is expected to grow significantly, and indeed, early registrations, the size of the exhibit, and the number of papers and tutorials all bear this out. The theme of the conference, focused on the predominantly European automotive semiconductor segment, acts as a driver for next-generation design and verification across the entire industry, given the absolute reliability requirements of these devices. Subject areas, including system-level abstraction, analog/mixed-signal devices, UVM and other advanced verification, will all be discussed during a number of networking opportunities including a Gala dinner, included as part of the registration.
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Why the DAC Designer Track is the best deal in town

 
May 28th, 2015 by Anne Cirkel

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means two things: summer is here and DAC is officially upon us. In just over a week the doors will open at Moscone Center with a blockbuster designer keynote: Brian Otis, director of Google’s smart contact lens project. Brian, the first Googler to ever take DAC’s main stage, is just one reason to consider registering for the designer and IP tracks if you haven’t already. Others include access to great lineup of marketing-free, engineer-to-engineer sessions, daily networking receptions (yes, you grown-up undergrads, there will be lots of free food and drink), the rest of the keynotes (did you know DAC is also welcoming a MacArthur genius this year?) and of course the exhibit floor. Not bad for just $95.

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