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An Invitation to EDA vendors to join Design Technology Committee Meeting at DAC

Friday, May 27th, 2011

An Open letter to the EDA industry:

The Design Technology Committee (DTC) invites EDA vendors to join us for a meeting at DAC to share with you the results of our study groups on EDA gaps and requirements requiring your near-term attention in the areas of the digital implementation flow and functional verification.

DTC Study Groups
The Design Technology Committee (DTC, under IEEE CEDA currently represents 12 leading IC companies to identify and gather our common concerns, gaps and requirements for EDA and to voice them and to bring them to the attention of the EDA industry.

For this purpose, the DTC had established two study groups to detail our common EDA gaps and requirements requiring your near-term attention in the areas of the digital implementation flow and functional verification.

A first set of results is now available.

We want to invite you to join the DTC for a meeting at DAC to share with you our motivation and background for this activity as well as to review these results. We then want to discuss concrete next steps/ actions how to address these gaps and requirements. The near-term goal is to review your progress at a meeting during ICCAD in November.

Meeting Venue
The meeting will take place Monday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel next to the Convention Center.

This meeting is open to EDA vendors active in these two design flow areas.

We want someone with the authority and the influence to discuss and commit to concrete actions and timelines as a result of this meeting. These actions include assigning of technical experts to our study group, adjusting your technical implementation schedules to incorporate our requirements, etc.

This meeting is not to discuss technical details but to create an alignment for common next steps and to identify concrete actions.

The results of both study groups will be presented in the DAC User Track as well.

Please contact me for the current results and background information for your review prior to the meeting.

Thank you and best regards,

Thomas Harms
Chairman of the Design Technology Committee

Nominations for EDA Industry’s Annual Phil Kaufman Award Open Through June 30

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Nominations for will be accepted until Thursday, June 30, for this year’s Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions EDA sponsored by the EDA Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on EDA. Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate someone you know who has had a major impact on the field of EDA in business, industry direction, promotion, technology and engineering or educational or mentoring. Areas of technology and engineering impact have been expanded this year to include: analog and RF; architecture, structures and FPGA; embedded systems; formal verification; design; design for manufacturing; intellectual property; layout; simulation; synthesis; and test. Impartiality is provided to all nominees, without regard to race, gender, age or national origin.

Last year’s recipient was Pasquale (Pat) O. Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates of Louisville, Colo., who pioneered the EDA industry and built the Design Automation Conference as its premiere showcase and networking platform.

The award will be presented at a dinner ceremony in October. It was established in 1994 in honor of EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers.

The nomination form can be found at:

DAC Lunch Presentation on Truths and Myths of Embedded Computing, Hosted by CEDA

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I’m pleased to report that Shekhar Borkar, director of Intel’s Microprocessor Technology Lab, will present a talk during DAC titled, “Truths and Myths of Embedded Computing,” as part of CEDA’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk will be held during lunch Tuesday, June 7, from noon-2 p.m. in Room #25AB at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

Organized by Dwight Hill, principal engineer at Synopsys, it is open to all DAC attendees. Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and because seating is limited to 150. If you plan on attending, please come early.

This is one session you won’t want to miss. According to Borkar, who hails from Portland, Ore., computers have become ubiquitous, from powerful data centers housing supercomputing clusters to tiny microcontrollers in your toothbrush. However, he notes, the embedded computing discipline does not get its fair share of attention.

During his talk, Borkar will define the scope of embedded computing, compare it to general purpose computing with appropriate metrics, challenge the myths that float around and uncover the truths. He will discuss challenges in architecture, design and test of future embedded computers, which will become omnipresent, even that will become even more ubiquitous as part of general-purpose computers.

Borkar, an Intel Fellow at Intel Labs and director of the Microprocessor Technology Lab, is responsible for directing research in technologies for Intel’s future microprocessors. He joined Intel in 1981 and worked on the design of the 8051 family of microcontrollers, iWarp multicomputer and high-speed signaling technology for Intel supercomputers. Borkar is an adjunct member of the faculty of the Oregon Graduate Institute, and has published more than 60 articles and holds 41 patents.

Borkar received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics from the University of Bombay in 1979.

Be prepared for a thought-provoking and stimulating lunch. We look forward to seeing you.

For more information about our Distinguished Speaker Series or details on CEDA, visit:

The DAC website can be found at:

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