July 17, 2006
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The Presidio - For this you need a car, but it's well worth the cost. Drive the whole park-like expanse. It's no longer home to the 6th Army. Instead, it's now home to, among others, George Lucas' new Industrial Magic & Light campus, which is just a gem.
Red's Java House - It's funky and just the excuse you need to walk along the newly resurrected Embarcadero, salvaged from concrete-clad obscurity after the '89 Loma Prieta Earthquake. From Willy Mays Plaza to the Embarcadero Center, it's the single most glamorous urban renewal project in the world. Put on your walking shoes and find out why. You'll know you're in the right location if you come upon the bow and arrow.
what the "Assertion Density Paradox" is, please come by see us at DAC.
R.I.P. - There are a number of companies that won't be with us this year, including ReShape, TransEDA, and Ignios. Such news begs the question: Better to have innovated and folded, than never to have innovated at all?
Scott Sandler, President and CEO at Novas Software - I think the 'buzz' at DAC will again be ESL and DFM. In ESL, it's "What is it, who will use it, and what will it do for EDA revenue?" While in DFM, it's “Which of the myriad players has real stuff that users can get value from?"
SIGDA PhD Forum - This is always a lot of fun, and it's happening on Tuesday, July 27th, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Room 310 at Moscone. You can meet the EDA luminaries of tomorrow, and they can brag on their work - and, no doubt, on their advisors as well. Warning - you will be carded along with the rest of the attendees if you ask for a beer.
level design and verification"; Philips Semiconductors' Marino Strik talking about "Creating an efficient derivative design flow using the IP-XACT specification"; Poseidon-Systems' Bill Salefski talking about "Performance Matters: Standards help in analyzing the performance characteristics of an embedded system"; and Synopsys' John Swanson talking about "An Integrated IP-XACT Design and Verification flow with Synopsys' coreAssembler and DesignWare IP." I think it's worth sticking around for all of these folks as long as it's open bar the entire hour!
Srinivas Raghvendra, Senior Director of DFM Solutions at Synopsys - At DAC, expect to see a great deal of emphasis on DFM at 65-nanometer-and-below geometries. Designers at 65 nanometers, and below, need DFM tools that will accelerate time to yield, and it's imperative that those design tools also be manufacturing-aware. Since true DFM spans the entire design-to-silicon flow, Synopsys will be highlighting our comprehensive suite of DFM solutions at DAC and demonstrating how we're bridging the gap between design and manufacturing to address the yield challenges facing the industry.
factors, sizes, and functions to suit a wide variety of standards and chip applications.
SystemC Users Meeting - The North American SystemC users are meeting from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday, July 24th, in Room 200 at Moscone Center. But before they do, there's an OSCI meeting to enjoy over lunch
SystemC / SystemVerilog - You need to know more about SystemC / SystemVerilog interactions, and therefore you'll want to be in Moscone Center, Rooms 200 & 210, on Monday, July 24th, from 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM when Johny Srouji, who is Chair of the IEEE SystemVerilog Working Group and Accellera Technical Chairman, and Stuart Swan, who is Technical Chair of the IEEE SystemC Working Group, address the topic. I believe they will be wearing matching ties as a sign of solidarity across these complex language paradigms.
productivity and quality with broad vendor support and user adoption gaining momentum." I've been told this panel will be exciting - and I know that's true because ARM's John Goodenough, TI's Somdipta Roy, Sun's Thomas Thatcher, Freescale's Mike Burns, and Intel's Matt Maidment are all fun guys - plus, they're morning people who promise to chase away any cobwebs left over from Tuesday night's Denali excesses. I'll be moderating and you all should plan to join us. Please note, however, it's BYOB in the category of Alka-Seltzer and tomato juice.
Tensilica's Paint-by-Numbers - Kudos to Tensilica for leveraging DAC for the sake of culture. They're raising money at their booth for the San Jose Ballet. If you drop by and participate, you'll help Tensilica in their noble effort. It sounds like fun, and I'm going to try to get there to pitch in. Hope you will, too.
UML at DAC - If you missed it, there was an entire
EDA Weekly posted on June 19th , that was devoted entirely to the topic of UML and ESL, etc., and the tutorial that will be taking place all day Sunday, July 23rd, at the outset of the conference. Please take a moment to read that column, and consider attending this forward-looking, daylong discussion. I sincerely believe you will not regret it.
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-- Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe.com Contributing Editor.