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Stanford’s Mark Horowitz to Present Talk on Digital Analog Design During DAC

May 8th, 2012 by Joel Phillips

The CEDA Distinguished Speaker Series continues with a presentation on Digital Analog Design from Mark Horowitz, chairman of Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Department, that will be held during this year’s Design Automation Conference (DAC).

In his lunchtime talk, scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Room #303 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Professor Horowitz will outline how analog tools can be more like digital design tools. It is open to all DAC attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

The presentation will include a description of the advances in digital design tools over the last 30 years, contrasting the more modest progress in analog tools. He will illustrate digital tools’ use of abstractions to allow them to validate that implementations match functional models and that the composition of cells matches the composition of the functional models.

Professor Horowitz will explain why this is more difficult for analog circuits and outline how it can be done by illustrating ways to formally validate analog models, define analog fault models, and efficiently explore the effect of process variations.

In addition to his role as department chair, he is the Yahoo! Founders Professor at Stanford University and a founder of Rambus, Inc. Professor Horowitz is a fellow of IEEE and ACM and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science. Dr. Horowitz’s research interests span using electrical engineering and computer science analysis methods to problems in molecular biology to creating new design methodologies for analog and digital VLSI circuits. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. from Stanford.

We are delighted Professor Horowitz accepted our invitation to speak and look forward to a thought-provoking presentation. We hope you can join us.

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