Management Day at the 51st DAC to Discuss Decision Making for Complex ICs

LOUISVILLE, Colo. –– May 22, 2014 ––   Management Day will be held on Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems. Management Day provides managers with timely information to help them make decisions where business and technology intersect. This is a unique opportunity for managers to gain insights from their peers in the industry.  The 51st DAC will be held at the Mocone Center in San Francisco, Calif. from June 1-5. Management Day will begin at 10:30am on Monday, June 1, and is sponsored by Chip Estimate.

“As complex SoC’s enter into new process nodes, such as 16nm or 14nm, the adoption of new solutions are being sought which encounters management decisions.  The intersection of business and technology has never been so demanding,”  said Yervant Zorian of Synopsys, the organizer of Management Day 2014. “This year’s sessions will present corresponding management decision criteria that allow managers to make the right choices from a pool of alternate options for flows, methodologies, and suppliers to meet these requirements.”

Management Day is comprised of two sessions, which feature presentations by senior executives and managers representing fabless companies, systems houses and suppliers of the design ecosystem.

Session 1, from 10:30am - 12:00pm, covers Decision Making for Complex ICs. Moving to new semiconductor technology nodes for complex ICs can significantly affect the choices of design flow, methodologies and suppliers. This session will cover the challenges of complex chip design and present corresponding management decision criteria that allow managers to make the right choices from a pool of alternate options. This session features presentations by senior managers representing a range of fab-less chip companies.

Speakers are:

  • Leon Stok – Vice President, IBM
  • Nandakumar Krishnan – Director Component Technology, Cisco
  • Rafic Makki – Executive Fellow, Global Foundries

Session 2, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, covers Trade-offs and Choices for Emerging SOCs. Today's emerging SOCs require multiple types of optimizations and the adoption of advanced solutions to meet stringent design requirements. Optimizing for volume production, low power, and shrinking sizes necessitates accurate trade-off analysis and technical/business decision-making by management. This session will feature senior managers of today's most complex nanometer chip design suppliers, fabless companies and system houses.

Speakers are:

  • Kamalesh Ruparel – Vice President Engineering, Infinera
  • Vincent Fraisse – Architect, FDSOI Turnkey ASICs, ST Microelectronics
  • Jitendra Khare  – Senior Director, Applied Micro
  • Sherif Sweha – Vice President, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Carlos Gutierrez - Vice President, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Fabiano Fontana - Senior Director, Lattice Semiconductor


Management Day presentations are all in room 310 at the Moscone Center. Registration is required to attend Management Day at DAC. To register please visit

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives as well as researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design.


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