53rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) Inaugurates Silicon and Technology Art Show

Grand prize winner will be submitted to a technology museum

Louisville, Colo. –– January 14, 2016 -- We all know the creativity it takes to conceive of and then design functioning leading-edge electronic systems and components. The results can be beautiful as well as elegant. This year, the Design Automation Conference ( DAC) -- the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems -- is hosting a silicon and technology art show to showcase that beauty. The 53rd DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from June 5 - 9, 2016.

The DAC 2016 invites members of the design automation community to submit digital images related to EDA and semiconductor worthy of framing and display by March 24th, 2016. DAC will handle all framing, display the images at DAC, and let submitters take the final printed and framed piece home with them after the conference. Examples of what the DAC Executive Committee is looking for include, but are not limited to:

  • Die photoshots of silicon designs
  • Design floorplans and placements
  • 3D wiring or clock-tree visualizations
  • Lithographic images
  • Thermal maps
  • Congestion maps
  • Interesting logic structures

Each piece submitted will be framed and displayed at the Art Show starting on Monday, June 6th. Pieces will be judged in several categories, and winners for each category will be announced on Monday night at the Art Show reception being held at the Austin Convention Center. Categories include:

  • Best visualization
  • Best silicon photo
  • Most inspiring
  • Most insightful
  • Most artistic

“Working in the design automation community, we see breathtaking images every day,” said Chuck Alpert, 53rd DAC General Chair. “We look forward to showcasing these images so that

the rest of the world can see the beauty of electronic devices with billions of transistors, complex algorithms, data visualizations and clever data structures.”

Art Show judges Michael Dunn of UBM/ EETimes, Brian Fuller of ARM, Bryon Moyer of EE Journal, Dan Nenni of SemiWiki and Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering will award a winner in each category with a trophy. A grand prize will be awarded to the one best piece, which will be submitted for display at a technology museum.

Click here -- https://dac.com/content/dac-silicon-art-technology-show-submission -- to submit a piece of artwork.

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. Since 1964, a diverse worldwide community of many thousands of professionals has attended DAC. They include 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, and methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area featuring leading and emerging EDA, [embedded systems], silicon, intellectual property (IP), automotive, security and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA).

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