July 17, 2006
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The Ferry Building - Beautifully restored as part of the Embarcadero post-1989 renewal, not only should you visit, you should plan on taking a ferry to somewhere across the Bay.
Golden Gate Bridge - Start at the North end and walk across to the South end. Turn around and walk back. Wear a jacket and enjoy the view. Choose a day when there's no fog.
"Design Team Collaboration: Tools Challenge or Organization Responsibility," is happening on Tuesday, July 25th, from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM and includes firstRain's Penny Herscher, DE Shaw's Marty Deneroff, eSilicon's Prasad Subramanian, and Matsushita's Taguchi Hirofumi.
Joe Sawicki, Vice President and General Manager for Mentor Graphics' Design-to-Silicon Division - Mentor will be showcasing its new nmDRC, part of the Calibre nm Platform, which fully redefines the traditional physical verification process. The system provides real-time debug, incremental verification, and significantly increased performance to allow designers to reduce overall cycle time and address the increasingly complex sign-off process of nanometer designs.
Joe Costello's Keynote - It's at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 24th, on the main stage at Moscone Center. Take pity on other events happening at the same time, because I suspect Costello will be the main draw of the hour. Currently he's chairman of Orb Networks, but it's his legacy in the EDA industry that caused him to be invited to give this address.
John Cooley's Cheesy What to see at DAC - Rumor has it that you've got 'til end-of-day on Tuesday, July 18th, to send your special tid-bits to ESNUG's John Cooley if you want to be mentioned in the honor roll of contributors to his Cheesy Best of DAC column, which I believe is going to posted on July 19th or 20th. (I think that's the title of Cooley's upcoming pre-conference prose poem on the Design Automation Conference, but I could be wrong so don't quote me on that.) If you don't know how to reach Cooley, go to deepchip.com and search around 'til you figure it out.
John Fleming, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Electronics at ENOVIA MatrixOne - I think the buzz this year at DAC will be around the increased responsibilities being thrust upon IC designers. The boundaries around their job descriptions are already being removed, meaning that in order to be successful in today's environment where semiconductor development is becoming more integrated with other parts of product development, they'll need to be more in tune with the company's entire design, development and manufacturing process - and learn to look at the larger picture.
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architectures, thus enabling vendors to offer optimized and affordable synthesis solutions.
Legion of Honor - The single most beautiful location in The City, don't miss it. The views out to the Golden Gate Bridge, across the fairways of Lincoln Park, are legendary. The museum itself is lovely, as well. In a nod to Paris - the French paid for the museum after The Great War - the front patio comes complete with a petite glass pyramid.
Management Day - The business of technology is just as important as the engineering of technology. There's a plethora of presentations, sessions, and panels happening all day Tuesday, July 25th, that address the business side of the high-tech equation. Check it all out in the DAC schedule and plan to attend some or all of the offerings there.
Mark Hopkins - The lobby is small, The Top of the Mark is not. Every GI who passed through San Francisco between 1941 and 1945 was there at one point or another. Go and find out why.
MEGa at DAC - This stands for Multimedia, Entertainment, and Gaming and it also stands for the technical theme at DAC. Look for all of the programming in and around the DAC schedule to see what's up with the sessions, panels, and keynotes related to the topic. The opening keynote address, to be delivered by Texas Instruments' Hans Stork, is in the mode and happening Tuesday, July 25th, at 8:30 AM. Grab your early morning latte and be there! He'll be talking about, "Structuring Process and Design for Future Mobile Communication Devices."
Modesto Casas, President of In Region Inc. - This year's buzz will be the same buzz as last year's, and to some extent the year before. Got ESL? I believe that some EDA vendors are beginning to partition the problem, create solutions, and define what ESL means in terms of value to customers. That should make a buzz. Otherwise, you'll need a Platitudes@DAC section in your post-DAC newsletter.
Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanochips, and Bio anything - Do you want to hear about the future? Go look at the DAC schedule. Pinpoint anything that starts with "nano." Go there. Bring the DAC Proceedings with you. You may need to be following the script as the play unfolds.
SF MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art is right across the street from Moscone. You have zero excuses for not carving out some time to go see it.
OVL at DAC - The OVL Technical Committee Meeting will have an open meeting on Wednesday, July 26th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, at the Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate Room B2.
allowing the design data to be used directly without requiring vector, timing, or format translation, CertiMAX greatly simplifies the validation process DRAMATICALLY speeding time to market.
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