April 23, 2007
DATE 2007: Secrets et Surprises à la Côte d'Azur
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Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor


by Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor
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Also on Tuesday, I peered into an absolutely packed meeting room with Grenoble’s Design & Reuse
Gabrielle Saucier moderating a panel on SystemC at the OSCI lunch. The room was so crowded and hot! But clearly, people were so interested in the topic they had no desire to flee the conditions.


At that same lunch hour, I unfortunately mis-read my schedule and missed the Accellera lunch over at the Novotel where additional discussion of the new Unified Power Format (UPF) was taking place. However, ever since I saw the happy campers from Mentor, Magma, and Synopsys cohabitating the UPF booth at ISQED last month, I have been confident that the companies involved are moving forward together in lockstep. I’m also confident that reps from all three of these EDA leaders were at the Accellera UPF lunch in Nice. What I don’t know is what I missed for lunch. Which is tragic, because I never got any lunch at all on Tuesday. So, by the time I showed up for the marvelous EDAC
Executive Reception on the top of the Acropolis at 6 PM that evening, I was definitely ready for food and libation.


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EDAC did not let me down. How the EDAC crew sets up a party like this when they’re based in Silicon Valley still escapes me, but
Bob Gardner, Jennifer Meola, and
Karla Haley continue to make it look easy. The food was lovely and the wine was delish as we stood atop the conference center enjoying a view of the distant hills and the glow of Nice as the sun set to the west.


It was great to have a chance to talk there with EDAA award winner
Tom Williams and his lovely wife, great to see Magma’s
Rajeev Madhavan there, and also great to chat with Jasper’s
Kathryn Kranen about her impressions of the show.


Lest this brief narrative descend into a society column, however, I will add that EDAC Chair
Aart de Geus gave a marvelously gracious welcome to everyone in attendance, and reminded his community that the
Richard Newton Chair at U.C. Berkeley is up and running courtesy of his many friends and admirers in the EDA Community. After Aart finished his comments, a particularly patrician European turned to me and said, “Now that is a class act! Aart de Geus puts such a distinguished face on the EDA industry!”


I will second that motion regarding Dr. de Geus and invite you to tune in next time, here in
EDA Weekly, for further discussion of DATE – in particular the Special Day on Aeronautics and Space that took pace on Thursday. Meanwhile, I hope that you’ll take some time to glance through the EDA news items below. They represent a cross section of some of the news that has come my way before and during the conference, and also represent the wide diversity of companies and people who made DATE so interesting.


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And with that, I will end on a particular emotional note. On Wednesday morning at DATE, I was in a session about security and ubiquitous computing. The talk was being presented by
Ingrid Verbauwhede of the Katholieke University in Leuven. Her co-presenter was
Patrick Schaumont from Virginia Tech.


As Dr. Verbauwhede took the stage, she asked the entire audience to stand in silence to acknowledge the deaths at Virginia Tech out of respect for her colleague, Dr. Schaumont. As difficult Internet access, both at my hotel and in the Acropolis Center, had prevented my seeing any news for over 24 hours at that point, I did not have a clue what Dr. Verbauwhede was referring to. I only knew that the audience stood immediately and within the profound silence in the room, I heard the European heart beating in one with the American heart.


After the session was over, I rushed to find out what Dr. Verbauwhede had referred to and quickly learned what everyone else seemed to know. As the mother of three wonderful young people, all of whom live, work, and study in university communities in the United States, the news out of Virginia Tech was horrifying beyond words. The news out of Virginia Tech was every parent’s worst nightmare come true.


Now I sit in a café in Rome, completing this part of my DATE report and sharing a glass of wine with Van Morrison who is singing on a radio nearby. Suddenly it seems right to take a moment to send this message to my children, and to the children of every parent in the world:


Have I told you lately that I love you

Have I told you that there’s no one above you

You fill my heart with gladness

You take away my sadness

You ease my troubles

That’s what you do.



Van Morison


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News from the DATE and the World of EDA


Five EDA companies -- AWR, Ciranova, Silicon Canvas, Silicon Navigator, and
Synopsys -- announced an agreement to collaborate on the creation and distribution of an interoperable PCell library (IPL). The IPL supports the OpenAccess database from Si2 and is available as open-source software that any interested party can use. Hence, the 5 organizations involved say an invitation is open to all other interested parties to join in the fun. The Press Release includes the Wow Factor: “For the first time in semiconductor industry history, an integrated circuit designer will be able to use the same PCell libraries in tools from all five vendors, plus with OpenAccess-based tools from other vendors or universities, or developed in-house.“
Meanwhile,
Mentor Graphics says it’s supporting the effort to ensure that library components are “truly interoperable across toolsets and foundries.”


ACE (Associated Compiler Experts) announced the OpenCoSy compiler community initiative, which the company says will move to “enable and encourage users of ACE’s CoSy to share advanced compiler technology components and to co-develop leading-edge compilers … OpenCoSy affords academic institutions the ability to share and publish results, as well as commercial organizations the freedom to invest, share, protect and sell compiler IP as they see fit.”


Apache Design Solutions announced its RedHawk-ALP physical power integrity tool for advanced low power and leakage control designs. The company says the new products “targets power savings and leakage control techniques used in 65 and 45-namometer designs including VTCMOS (Variable Threshold CMOS) circuits with substrate back-biasing, MTCMOS power-gated memories and custom macros, an on-chip LDO (Low Drop-Out) voltage regulator.”


Applied Wave Research (AWR) announced a 20-percent increase in sales for fiscal year 2007. AWR also announced that
Dane Collins, former executive vice president, has taken over as CEO. The company says changes in the executive team are being made as part of an overall strategic plan that maps to the long-term goals of the company.


ArchPro Design Automation announced the expansion of its European distribution network, managed by In Region’s
Modesto Casas, with the addition of distributors FirstEDA in the U.K., AmbLot in France, and Germany’s eVision Systems.


ARM announced the launch of RealView Development Suite version 3.1. Per the company, the new release includes “performance improvements and tuning for ARM processor support, better optimization for the full Cortex processor family, including the Cortex-M1 processor … the first ARM product designed specifically for FPGA implementation.”


Atrenta announced that it has appointed
Dieter Rudolf and
Martin McIntyre to help expand the company's Central and Northern European business operations. Atrenta already has offices in France and 30+ European customers. Rudolf and McIntyre will focus on expanding Atrenta's business opportunism with additional offices in Germany and the U.K.


Blaze DFM closed a Series B round of funding for $10 million. The company also announced it has completed the merger with
Aprio Technologies. The combined company will continue on as Blaze DFM. New Blaze investors in this round include
El Dorado Ventures and
Mobius Venture Capital , who were investors earlier in Aprio.
Lightspeed Venture Partners , who led Blaze’s Series A funding, also participated in this latest round.


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