Buzz@DAC.2006 v2

Dennis George, Director of Marketing at Nascentric - It has been a significant year of growth for Nascentric since DAC 2005. Nascentric has engaged with several high-profile semiconductor manufacturers and IP vendors, added multiple partners (Cadence, Novas, ARM, Virage Logic, and Sandwork) and received two patent awards for its core technologies (Razor and Blade). To avoid marketplace confusion and potential legal action taken against us, Nascentric is also changing the name of its Fast-Spice simulator. At DAC this year, Nascentric will unveil the new product name as well as discuss the product's use across multiple markets and within multiple design flows.

DeYoung Museum - Clad in copper and surrounded by palm trees and the park, it's new, glorious, and an architectural gem. The building is as much an art piece as the content it houses. Go up to the top of the tower. You will not be sorry.

DFM Panels - “DFM: Where's the Proof of Value?” As mentioned in "The Business of DFM" in EDA Weekly on July 3rd, the moderator is Joe Brandenburg, and the panelists include Jacob Jacobsson, Atul Sharan, Joe Sawicki, Naeem Zafar, and Synopsys' Raul Camposano. This promises to be a fascinating hour and an appropriate end-point for DAC 2006. You should plan to attend. It's happening at 4:30 PM on Thursday, July 27th.

More on DFM - For more on DFM, please scroll down to the Addendum on DFM, where Prashant Maniar, Chief Strategy Officer at Stratosphere Solutions, chimes in on the questions posed in the July 3rd issue of EDA Weekly.

Prof. Diana Marculescu, ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University - At DAC, we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the SIGDA Newsletter. Now distributed electronically, the Newsletter includes EDA News, upcoming events and funding opportunities and the new "What is...?" column on various EDA topics. Look for the ACM/SIGDA flyer in your DAC attendee bag where you will find excerpts from the first issue of this new column, along with Newsletter samples from the past. Also featured are the SIGDA Ph.D. Forum (see below) and the SIGDA/DAC University Booth. In the flyer you will also find a SIGDA/DAC trivia contest. Winners will receive a FREE SIGDA MEMBERSHIP for 2007 which comes with reduced registration rates at SIGDA-sponsored events, SIGDA travel grants, yearly EDA conference Supercompendium DVD, and the SIGDA Newsletter in your mailbox every two weeks.

EDAC Numbers - Don't look now, but the EDA 2006 Q1 numbers were virtually sizzling. A 10-percent revenue growth, per EDAC's Market Statistics Service poll. If that's not reason enough to come to DAC, I don't what is! And don't forget - EDAC sponsors the Gartner Dataquest Executive Briefing on Sunday, July 23rd, 5:00 PM, at DAC. Let me be candid about this must-attend event - it's a must-attend event. Savvy?

Erach Desai, Senior Vice President, Technology Research at Moors & Cabot Technology Research - There are only three things that should be on the average DAC attendees mind; be they a vendor, a tire-kicking customer, in PR, or just an astute observer: 1) I'm calling this “The DAC that Joe's Back!” Question is: is he really, really back, or just teasing us. Undoubtedly, his keynote will remind us of the leadership and vision that we have sorely missed for nearly 10 years! 2) Is DFM really an adjective, or an actual market segment? With 30+ start-ups looking for B+ round financing, it is kind of reminiscent of the 802.11/WiFi start-up days. Hmmm! 3) When is the tipping point for ESL? It's been all about the “back end” since Verilog and Design Compiler (circa 1990) revolutionized the “front end”. Now I'm not buying into the $1.6 billion ESL market pipe dream for 2009, but system-level design & validation tools should be approaching a $0.5 billion mark by 2010. Finally, my one big gripe is: who scheduled DAC during the peak week in quarterly earnings season? There was some justification about co-locating with SemiCon West, but that was winding down last week. Yikes!

ESL at DAC - Depending on what part of the 'political' spectrum you position yourself in, you may be thinking that someday it won't be ESL at DAC. It will be ESL is DAC. Happily, or unhappily, depending on your point of view, we're not there yet. Nonetheless, there are a plethora of offerings on the topic, populating practically every page of the DAC program this year. I would make special mention of the ESL tutorial, taking place on Monday, July 24th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The emphasis will be on SystemC, but no matter how you come down on the topic of that particular language, you and I both know larger system-level design issues will be addressed. Speakers include: University of Tuebingen's Wolfgang Rosenstiel, ESLX's Jack Donovan, Philips' Maurizio Vitale, ST's Laurent Maillet-Contoz, Forte's Mike Meredith, and Summit's Vincent Viteau. And, don't go because you already consider yourself an expert on the topic - or a disciple of the language. Go because you're not yet an expert and you haven't decided where you stand on the language. Branch out! Stretch your mind! Jettison the chicken suit!

The Denali Party - Denali says it is pleased to announce that "Denali Live at the Fillmore" will open with the Full Disclosure Blues band featuring Gary Smith, Aart de Geus, and their gang of EDA industry veterans including Don MacMillen, Joanne Wegener, Takashi Yoshimori, Kevin Steptoe, Bob Gardner, Dave Neilson, and Grant Pierce. [Editor's Query: Gary, of all people, knows how to spell Z-y-d-e-c-o. Why isn't there an accordion in the band?]. After the not-Zydeco Full Disclosure set, Jim Hogan and the 3rd Street Coalition band will follow, with a special guest appearance from Cadence CTO Ted Vucurevich. Hopefully, Ted won't still be busy chatting about his work on the "Ask the CTO" panel, because all work and no play can really make someone dull - even Ted! After Full Disclosure and 3rd Street have exhausted their respective repertoires, Disco Inferno will take over for the bulk of the evening, for what is said to be their 7th straight appearance at this now larger-than-life event. Oh my - Denali is proud to report: This is the hottest ticket at DAC, but there is a limit to how many people we can pack into the Fillmore - so register today and reserve your ticket to Denali Live at the Fillmore. What Denali isn't saying is that the ghost of Bill Graham will be welcoming you at the door.

Fabless Model at DAC - Like San Francisco's favorite adopted son, reports of the death of the fabless model may have been greatly exaggerated. If you know what I'm talking about, then you've got an opinion on the subject - everybody does. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to attend the DAC Pavilion Panel on Tuesday, July 25th, from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM. Canaccord Adams' Dennis Wassung is moderating, and Chartered's Walter Ng, Qualcomm's Matt Nowak, and SIGMA-C's Thomas Blaesi will be the panelists. [Editor's note: Who is San Francisco's favorite adopted son? Don't bother to come to DAC until you've figured it out!]

Fairmont Hotel - The legendary Julia Morgan supervised the redesign and resurrection of the building after the 1906 Earthquake & Fire. From there, she went on to spend 30 years designing Hearst Castle for William Randolph Hearst. You won't know San Francisco unless you at least step in. The vintage photos are along the north corridor leading to the glass elevator that no longer operates.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Peter'
    Nice summary for those who will be there, beautiful expression of why you should be there. Just a single negative note, I am from Silicon Valley and I think that we can honestly say that this part of the world is blessed with two hearts, one that beats in beauty and one that beats in reason. There are incredible sights on both sides of the Bay, as I recently rediscovered Oakland and hiked the hills above San Jose.
    Maybe you should have advised all your readers to come early, stay later and bring the family! From Point Lobos to Point Reyes, well, you get the point...

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