EDACafe Weekly Review January 17th, 2018

Watch a replay of NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s press event at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, where he unveiled new gaming technology, including Max-Q designed thin and light gaming laptops and new big format gaming displays (or BFGDs), along with a slew of auto news, including NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier processor, DRIVE IX and DRIVE AR as well as partnerships with Volkswagen, Uber, Baidu, ZF and Aurora.

RTOS memory footprint
January 15, 2018  by Colin Walls

Most of the time, I subscribe to the view that “the only stupid question is the one you did not ask”. However, I do have trouble with a question that I have been asked countless times at trade-shows, seminars etc. The question is “How much memory does Nucleus RTOS need?”

It is not that this is a stupid question. It is very sensible to be fully aware of resource utilization with deeply embedded systems. The problem is that I am rarely sure how to give a meaningful and useful answer, so I resort to generalities and this is often viewed with suspicion. The reason for this is that the answer is dependent upon a great many variables …

CES 2018 Keynote by Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich
January 11, 2018  by Sanjay Gangal

This is the CES 2018 Keynote by Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, streamed live on January 8th from Las Vegas.

February Means the Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony and Dinner
January 11, 2018  by Bob Smith, Executive Director

The ESD Alliance events calendar kicks-off 2018 with a special evening honoring Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rutenbar is the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design.

Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, is the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design

The beautiful GlassHouse serves as the location in downtown San Jose, Calif., for the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner Thursday, February 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We hope you will be able to join the ESD Alliance and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA) in celebrating Dr. Rutenbar’s many achievements. Registration opened today and can be found at: http://bit.ly/2mt9XId Please register now!

Dr. Rutenbar is a popular, versatile and entrepreneurial member of our community with contributions ranging from algorithms and tools for analog and mixed-signal designs to founding multiple startups, including Neolinear, a successful analog tool company. As an academic researcher at CMU, he pioneered a range of models, algorithms and tools for analog IC designs. During his tenure at the University of Illinois, he reworked his long-running CMU course, “VLSI CAD: Logic to Layout,” into the first Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) on EDA, providing training to thousands of engineers.

Special thanks to Arm, Cadence, Mentor, a Siemens Business, Synopsys and ACM SigDA for sponsoring the evening. We have a few more sponsorships available. If your company is interested, sponsorship information can be found at: http://bit.ly/2BebB9W.

Many of our community members warmly remember Phil Kaufman for whom the Phil Kaufman Award was named. An industry pioneer who turned innovative technologies into commercial businesses that benefit electronic designers even today, he was president and CEO of Quickturn Systems (now Cadence) at the time of his death in 1992. Prior to Quickturn, he was CEO of early and influential EDA vendor Silicon Compiler Systems, now part of Mentor.

The award, first granted in 1994, is presented to individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on the field of electronic system design through technology innovations, education/mentoring, or business or industry leadership. Last year’s recipient was Andrzej J. Strojwas, Keithley professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, recognized for his pioneering research in the area of design for manufacturing in the semiconductor industry.

A reminder that attendance at the Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner, always a great networking event, is open to member companies at a substantial discount. Please visit the registration page at http://bit.ly/2mt9XId for more information. If your company would like to join the ESD Alliance, join now and join us for the ceremony and dinner.

Please visit the ESD Alliance website (www.esd-alliance.org) to read why so many companies in the electronic system design ecosystem are members. You can contact me at (bob@esd-alliance.org) for more information.

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