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Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena
Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com.

Mystery House: Constellations IP unlock hidden secrets

September 18th, 2014 by Peggy Aycinena

Tuesday October 14th is coming up fast, and if you’re not yet signed up for the Constellations IP day-long event at San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House, you risk missing the chance to meet the ghost of Sarah Winchester. However if you are signed up for the event, thanks to IPextreme you’re going to have a fascinating and eerie time.

As all locals know, Sarah Winchester inherited tens of millions when her husband William Winchester died in 1881. He had founded the rifle company of the same name, and what with the Civil War and the Wild West proving massive markets to sell into, the fortune was vast when he died. By 1884, Sarah had run from New England to San Jose carrying her millions, and had begun to build and build and build her proto-Victorian wedding cake of a clapboard house. By the time she died almost 40 years later, the house had 40 bedrooms, multiple staircases that lead to nowhere, 47 fireplaces, almost 20 chimneys, and two ballrooms.

So you can understand why a tour of the Winchester Mystery House more than warrants signing up to attend the Constellations IP event. The tours will be interlaced with the technical program, and the whole thing will last from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, including breakfast, lunch, an end-of day reception and a series of substantive talks from folks like IPextreme CEO Warren Savage, Semico President Jim Feldhan, Adapt IP CEO Mac McNamara, JB Systems President John Blyler, IPextreme SVP/GM Kands Manickam, Sonics VP Randy Smith, Extension Media’s Gabe Moretti, and Certus Co-Director Stephen Fairbanks.

The day’s topics include SystemC for IP, IP for system-level design, IP for the IoT, IP for your ROI, and why custom design of standardized stuff like I/O is warranted. In other words, the topics taken in aggregate with the free food and tours will make for a very satisfying day.

Nonetheless, you may still ask why this title for the event: “Unlock the Mystery of IP: Constellations IP Users Conference”. Well, that’s the great thing about this conference. It will look like art imitating life imitatimg art. The mystery of the title, the mysteries of how to use IP effectively, and the mysteries embedded in Sarah Winchester’s house will all come together under one roof on October 14th.

If you’re there, you’ll either be fascinated by the steady growth of the IP industry and/or frightened by the manic excesses embodies by the house, but you can’t do either if you don’t register. So do it here and know you’ll be enjoying Halloween two weeks early by coming face to face with the mysteries of Sarah Winchester walking in lock-step with the mysteries of IP.


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