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Free Panels and Keynote at DVCon in Silicon Valley

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

You will glad to know that the free Exhibits-Only registration for the Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) that is taking place Feb. 29 through Mar. 3,  gives you access to the Tuesday keynote by Wally Rhines of Mentor, and the two panels on Wednesday.  And don’t miss the Tuesday evening reception hosted by EDAC, which finishes with Jim Hogan speaking with Dr. Ajoy Bose (Atrenta) about his experiences building multiple successful companies.  Your DVCon registration gives you free access to this event.

Here are more details on the panels, one of which is organized by Real Intent.

Emulation + Static Verification Will Replace SimulationWednesday March 02, 1:30pm – 2:30pm | Oak/Fir (more…)

The Times They are a-Changin': Gravity Waves, Moore’s Law, and Record Basketball

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Big changes happened this week.

First, gravity waves have been detected for the first time in an announcement on Feb. 11.  This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.

The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA. The LIGO Observatories  were conceived, built, and are operated by Caltech and MIT.

Last March, researchers completed major upgrades to the interferometers, known as Advanced LIGO, increasing the instruments’ sensitivity and enabling them to detect a change in the length of each arm, smaller than one-ten-thousandth the diameter of a proton(!). By September, they were ready to start new observations and then saw the black hole merger. (more…)

Super Bowl 50, and Semiconductor and Design Predictions for 2016

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


The game will be played in the Silicon Valley city of Santa Clara.

Super Bowl 50 is being played this Sunday, Feb. 7 to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2015 season. It will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos.  The game will be played about 6 miles from my house in the East Bay, but I will be enjoying the event on television.  There will be the usual collection of interesting commercials and the half-time entertainment will include the band Coldplay and feature Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.  My prediction is that the Panthers will beat the spread and defeat the Broncos by more than 6 points.  I have not made any cash bets. Yet.

Brian Bailey at does an annual survey of companies in the semiconductor ecosystem for their predictions of what will happen in 2016.  His articles (Design; Semiconductor, Manufacturing and Design; Tools and Flows) published several of my comments.  I did want to share with you the rest of my predictions and they are all given below.  Enjoy! (more…)

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