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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:

Co-Located Events and Workshops at DAC: Something for Everyone!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Now that the DAC program has gone live (check it out at and registration has opened, it’s time to start making plans for the week of June 5-10 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

As a DAC sponsor, CEDA and its officers are especially proud of this year’s program and look forward to your participation. In particular, I’d like to draw your attention to the 23 co-located events and workshops. Truly, there is something for everyone this year!

CEDA is also a technical sponsor of The Workshop on Parallel Algorithms, Programming and Architectures (PAPA) which will be held Sunday, June 5. It will include invited talks that address three main categories of parallelism research to improve the understanding of progress and open problems in the cross-coupled fields of programming, algorithms and architectures. Additionally, it will serve to facilitate discussions for a better understanding of the most recent algorithms, languages and architectures.

Here’s a list of events and workshops:
• International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS)
• 9th IEEE Symposium on Application Specific Processors (SASP 2011)
• IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust (HOST 2011)
• System-Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP)
• Workshop on Diagnostic Services in Network-on-Chips: Test, Debug and On-Line Workshop on Design, Analysis and Implementation of Real-Time Systems with Time-Triggered and Event-Triggered Applications
• Workshop on Parallel Algorithms, Programming and Architectures (PAPA)
• Workshop on Intra and Inter-Vehicle Networking: Past, Present and Future
• Workshop on Using the Power of the SystemC AMS Extensions
• Workshop on Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) –– Verifying Blocks to IP to SoCs and Systems
• Introduction to Chips and EDA for a Non-Technical Audience
• NASA/ESA Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS)
• SIGDA Design Automation Summer School
• International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA)
• IEEE Design for Manufacturing and Yield (DFM and DFY) Workshop
• Synergies in IC Design: PDK and DFM Standards Working Together
• OpenAccess Scripting Language Workshop
• ACM Student Research Competition
• IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH ‘11)
• CELUG/EDA Consortium Co-located Event
• Workshop on Building Blocks for Scalable Cloud Systems
• Workshop on Smart Grid and Design Automation II
• Workshop on Multiprocessor SoC for Cyber Physical Systems: Programmability, Run-Time Support and Hardware Platforms for High-Performance Embedded Applications

For more details on these events and the entire DAC program, go to:

In addition to these events, CEDA will once again host a luncheon and guest speaker during DAC. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

And, with DAC less than two months from now, don’t delay in making your plans.

Nominations Open for Early Career Award

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I’m pleased to announce nominations have opened for the third annual IEEE CEDA Early Career Award. The award, to be presented at ICCAD in November, recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to EDA in the early stages of his or her career.

The award is based on contributions to EDA, measured by technical merit and creativity in performing research, and will be assessed by the published record of the individual and references accompanying the nomination. It is meant to be equally available to contributors from academic and commercial ventures.

Full members of the IEEE at any level, regular, senior or fellow grades, whose highest educational degree has been awarded no more than eight years prior to the date of the nomination deadline, are eligible.

Professor Igor L. Markov, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, was the first recipient of this award. Dr. Daniel, Emanuel E. Landsman associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the 2010 recipient.

Know of someone? You need to act fast for the deadline is Friday, April 15.

Some things to consider when developing the nomination:
• Biographical information, including education and employment history
• Three professional references or endorsements, with:
• A selection of no more than three papers published by the nominee, with comments by the nominator limited to 100 words per paper
• A description of projects led by or contributed to by the nominee, with clear articulation of the role the nominee played and the relevant contributions.

The nomination can be made by anyone who is familiar with the individual’s work. Nominations should be submitted by email to:

For more information, visit

A Look Back at CEDA’s 2010 Accomplishments

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Looking back on 2010, I’m struck by the range of industry outreach from the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA)’s volunteers, with programs that include awards, events and publications. Before we go rushing into 2011, please bear with me as I do a bit of bragging about the past year.

CEDA recognizes the contributions of outstanding members of the EDA community by sponsoring or co-sponsoring four annual awards. In 2010, we recognized Dr. Al Dunlop, Dr. Giovanni De Micheli and Dr. Dick Smith with the Distinguished Service Award for establishing the IEEE Council on EDA.

Dr. Randal E. Bryant of Carnegie Mellon University received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in EDA for developing Reduced Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams, forming the foundation for symbolic manipulation of logic designs.

Dr. Luca Daniel, Emanuel E. Landsman associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the recipient of the Early Career Award. Professor Daniel was recognized for his contribution to electromagnetic field analysis, parasitic variation-aware extraction and automated parameterized linear and non-linear stable model reduction.

And finally, Pat Pistilli was selected to receive the 2010 Kaufman award from CEDA and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He received it for pioneering the EDA industry and building the Design Automation Conference (DAC) as its premier showcase and networking platform.

Our sincere thank you to the 2010 award recipients for their contributions to the industry, along with hearty congratulations to all.

CEDA is a sponsor or co-sponsor of many of the leading conferences, workshops, industries events and meetings worldwide, and I’m delighted to announce that CEDA became a major sponsor of DATE, the key European EDA conference. We took over in 2010 the entire IEEE sponsorship share from the Computer Science Society.

The list of events is long and impressive, and too long for this post. Instead, let’s highlight some of the more visible industry events in addition to DATE, such as DAC, ICCAD and CANDE in the U.S. and ASP-DAC in Asia.

We offered two luncheon events at DAC and ICCAD as part of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series. Steve Teig, president and CTO of Tabula, described to an attentive DAC audience an approach to move beyond von Neumann computing. Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, opined on “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?” to a packed room during ICCAD. If you missed either, do not be concerned. Both were videotaped and these videotapes are available for viewing at the CEDA website.

CEDA produces four publications: Embedded Systems Letters (ESL), a forum for quick dissemination of research on embedded systems; Design and Test (D&T), both print and in an electronic format; and Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD).

These activities are done by a tireless group of volunteers. As president of CEDA, I am grateful for their ongoing support and offer each one of you an opportunity to get involved as well. If you are interested, visit the CEDA website to learn more.

Lucio Lanza’s View of the Industry

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Last month during ICCAD in Santa Clara, CEDA hosted Dr. Lucio Lanza as part of its distinguished lecture series. The lecture titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?,” was delivered to a packed room with a rapt audience.

Dr. Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, pointed out that most people, including venture capitalists, are incorrectly looking at semiconductor as a mature industry. According to his findings, nothing could be further from the truth. He pointed out that the industries themselves, such as those building digital cameras, TVs, phones and so forth may have matured, but the industries tending to those products continuously reinvented themselves and their business models. In many cases, a specific company may be mature and stalled for growth as it lacks innovation and the ability to reinvent, but certainly not the entire industry.

The EDA and semiconductor industry is suffering from this narrow view of having become a “mature” industry, Dr. Lanza noted. He stressed the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models. In fact, it can help in this reinvention by helping drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations. EDA needs to develop tools and methods for predictable system engineering, for example. In his view, this will energize and free up the entrepreneurial spirit in the product space as semiconductors reach deeper and deeper into our way of life.

This lecture, as well as a lively and thought-provoking Q&A session, is captured in the video posted on

We’re quite proud of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series, now entering its sixth year. These lectures are based on Best Papers from DAC, ICCAD and the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD), or some other key topic relevant for our community. Presenters are invited to give an in-depth presentation of their work, going beyond the published paper and conference talk. Each lecture either takes place in front of a live audience of experts or is captured in a studio setting.

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

Meet Pat Pistilli, Phil Kaufman Award Recipient

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Pat Pistilli is a name long associated with the Electronic Design Automation industry.  In fact, Pat was instrumental in creating the EDA profession and building the Design Automation Conference as its premier showcase and networking platform.  It’s fitting, then, that he should be this year’s recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

To get a better sense of Pat and his accomplishments, click on any one of the profiles on Pat below.  Each writer found a slightly different angle and unearthed a new and compelling story told by Pat Pistilli in his own indomitable way. 

Sit back and prepare to be entertained!

Cool Verification 8/26
Pat Pistilli Selected to Receive Phil Kaufman Award

By JL Gray

Boulder County Business Report (9/3)

EDA Thoughts (9/7)
DAC and Its Founder, Pat Pistilli

By Daniel Payne

EDACafe Audio Interviews (9/10)
2010 Kaufman Award Winner Pat Pistilli

By Graham Bell’s Industry Insights (10/4)
Kaufman Award Winner Pat Pistilli: How DAC Got Started


By Richard Goering (10/5, 10/20)
The Phil Kaufman Award Dinner


By Gabe Moretti on The 2010 Phil Kaufman Award


By Gabe Moretti Chip (10/8)
Subject: Patrick Pistilli (sic), founder of DAC, to receive Phil Kaufman Award Boulder Camera (10/11)
5 QUESTIONS with Pat Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates Design (10/12)
Young Engineers Must Look Beyond Design




By John Blyler

The Standards Game (10/15)
If you missed that, don’t miss this …

By Karen Bartleson Design and Verification Journal (10/19)
Can Do:  Pat Pistilli Shows How Problems are Solved


By Byron Moyer EDA Confidential (11/1)
Pat Pistilli: Strength and Honor


By Peggy Aycinena


If you haven’t met Pat Pistill, a resident of Boulder, Colo., make it a point to be at the 48th Design Automation Conference June 5-10, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.  He will be there, as he always is, along with his wife, Marie. 

You may wonder about the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually since 1994, to honor individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on the field of EDA.  It was established as a tribute to EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies, such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers.  Phil Kaufman died unexpectedly July 17, 1992, on a business trip in Japan after more than 25 years in the computer industry.  At the time, he was CEO of Quickturn Systems, now part of Cadence Design Systems.  In addition, he was chairman and president of Silicon Compiler Systems where he was instrumental in advancing the concept of silicon compilation. 

For more information on CEDA, visit: For details on DAC, go to:

CEDA Welcomes Dr. Lucio Lanza to ICCAD-CEDA luncheon; Will Host ICCAD Keynote Webcast

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) welcomes Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, to ICCAD Tuesday, November 9, at noon in the Donner/Siskiyou Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

Dr.Lanza will offer a talk titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry, A New Business Model,” during a luncheon open to all full ICCAD conference and Tuesday conference-only registrants. He will address the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models to help drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations.

Managing Director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, Dr. Lanza is uniquely qualified to discuss changes necessary to the existing eco-system. Previously, he was a venture partner and a general partner at USVP, and has an extensive background in the semiconductor and EDA industry, serving as an executive at Cadence Design Systems., Daisy Systems and Intel. Dr. Lanza serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies.

CEDA will sponsor a live webcast of the Keynote Session presented by Dr. James C. Bouwer, physicist and principal development engineer from University of California at San Diego, Monday, November 8. Dr. Bouwer will present “Multi-Scale Microscopy of the Nervous System: The Challenge of Imaging and Organizing Data across Spatial Scales Spanning Twelve Orders of Magnitude.” The webcast link will be open at 9 a.m. P.D.T. and will remain open until the question and answer session. To participate, go to:

For more details on CEDA, visit the CEDA website located at:

Information on ICCAD can be found at:

See you at ICCAD!

Update on the Design Technology Committee

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Design Technology Committee (DTC) represents EDA users from system and semiconductor companies to form a strong partnership with the EDA industry. The DTC wants to engage with EDA vendors in bi-directional discussions on common EDA needs and requirements and overall industry, system design and technology directions.

The DTC will align its members on standardization topics and will coordinate them closely with the existing standards development organizations, such as Accellera, the IEEE DA Standards Committee and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). Along with the identification of newly needed standards and standards extensions, the committee will establish common directions for ongoing standardization activities.

Often, the DTC members experience similar challenges in system design. These challenges continue to increase with migrations to newer technology nodes and the integration of more and more functionalities onto a single system or into a single package. At the same time, our design teams need to become more productive and efficient in order to reduce cycle times and product development cost.

We have, however, observed that despite that the challenges are similar, they are often addressed in different but somewhat similar ways. This leads to inefficiencies that prevent the easy reuse of IP and lead to many different approaches in EDA tools to address the same problem.

Instead of trying to solve our EDA requirements in numerous one-on-one discussions between EDA user companies and EDA vendors, the DTC wants to establish a more common set of EDA needs and requirements and discuss them with the EDA industry. This will allow us all to streamline and accelerate the efficient development of required EDA functionalities.

Furthermore, it will free up experienced resources at EDA vendor and EDA user companies to focus on value-added differentiation for the benefit of the individual companies.

In the age of partnerships within the system and semiconductor value chain, it is now time to look also for partnerships in areas of common interest across these value chains.

Since our formation last year, we have grown membership to its current list of senior CAD representatives from AMD, Broadcom, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Corp, Oracle, STMicroelectronics, STARC and Texas Instruments. We will be expanding this list even further in the current year.

The DTC looks forward to fruitful and cooperative discussions with the EDA industry and standards organizations to accelerate relevant EDA, CAD and methodology development for the benefit of system design teams worldwide.

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