DAC 2018 preview: Mentor

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Mentor has organized a broad range of events at this year’s Design Automation Conference in San Francisco during the both the conference and exhibition. DAC 2018 takes place next week at the Moscone West conference center (Conference: June 24-28. Exhibition: June 25-27), and the company will be active across the key themes at the event.

New to the DAC program in 2018 is the machine learning and artificial intelligence track as well as the Design-on-Cloud Pavilion. Mentor’s experts and partners will be discussing the unique challenges of designing machine learning and artificial intelligence systems, as well as the various applications that stand to benefit from both. DAC 2018 also features the latest in automotive design throughout the conference program and on the exhibit floor, and Mentor experts will cover a wide array of automotive system design topics including ISO 26262, IC design, verification, security, and test.

Here is a brief summary of Mentor highlights for DAC 2018.

Technical Conference program

Mentor will offer seven paper presentations, 13 posters and two expert tutorials across the main Technical Conference, as well as participating in two panel sessions.

Machine learning and automotive focus

Tutorial 8: Machine learning for EDA applications (Monday, June 25 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 3020)

A low-latency and platform independent neuronal networking design (Tuesday, June 26 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Room 2010)

Accelerating functional coverage analysis using clustering machine learning techniques (Wednesday, June 27 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Room 2012)

Panel: The Automotive Digital Twin, Virtual or Virtually Impossible (Tuesday, June 26 from 3:30pm – 4:25pm, Room 3020)

CEO interview

Straight talk with Wally Rhines (Monday, June 25 from 11:30am – 12:15pm, DAC Pavilion Booth 2161)
Wally Rhines, President and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens Business, sits down with editor Ed Sperling to discuss the big shifts in technology, from AI to autonomous cars to the growth of the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things. What kinds of shifts can we expect to see in the future, who’s going to be best positioned to take advantage of them, and what will the semiconductor industry look like in five years as these changes begin taking hold? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers?

Mentor on the Exhibit Floor

Mentor’s presence at DAC 2018 stretches across both floors of Moscone West. The main Mentor booth (#2621) will be on the second floor while you can also visit Mentor experts on the first floor in the booths for Verification Academy (#1622), Tanner EDA (#1337), and Solido Design Automation (#1344).

Expert Panels in the Mentor booth

Mentor will host two expert panels on Monday June 25 and Tuesday June 26 of DAC in booth 2621. Attendees who arrive early can and grab a free beer or glass of wine at our Happy Hour to enjoy during the panel.

Functional safety – where are we going and how do we get there? (Monday June 25, 4:00pm – 5:00pm)

With everything from cars to factories to the world around us becoming more intelligent and increasingly automated, decision-making is shifting from humans to machines. Semiconductors are at the heart of this innovation but the way these systems are developed must evolve as humans put their lives in the hands of these transistor-based machines. The concept of functional safety is not new but with the move to autonomous driving, functional safety has been put in the spotlight for IC development teams. From requirements to fault injection, this topic presents many new challenges for IC development, and at scales and levels of automation never seen before.

Getting your tape-out done on time isn’t easy, but it can be easier (Tuesday June 26, 4:00pm – 5:00pm)

More than 50% of tape-outs miss their schedules. Which 50% do you want to be in? Calibre customers will talk about the challenges that they face and the steps that they take to get their tape-outs on time.

Technical Sessions in the Mentor Booth

Throughout the DAC exhibition, the Mentor booth (2621) will host over 70 technical sessions across 7 technical focus areas. Find out more at the links below:

IC Design & Test

Design & Functional Verification

Analog/Mixed-Signal and Custom IC Design

High-Level Synthesis, Low-Power, and SLEC

Emerging Markets

Packaging & PCB

Verification Academy

Featured Machine Learning and Automotive Technical Sessions

Mentor experts as well as client and foundry partners will give a number of presentations in these fields. Some of the highlights include:

  • NVIDIA: Design and Verification of a Machine Learning Accelerator SoC Using an Object-Oriented HLS-Based Design Flow
  • FotoNation: A Designer Life with HLS – Faster Computer Vision/Neural Networks
  • HLS for Custom Neural Network Inference in FPGA/ASIC
  • HLS to the Rescue for Computer Vision and Deep Learning
  • TowerJazz Automotive Reliability for Analog Constraint Checks and the Calibre PERC Reliability Verification Platform
  • Automotive IC reliability solutions with Calibre
  • Verification of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles with Hardware Emulation-In-The-Loop
  • Automotive Semiconductor Reshaping Test
  • Calibre Parasitic Extraction: Complete Solutions for Automotive, IOT, and High Performance

The latest Mentor products at DAC 2018

Veloce on the Cloud was announced on June 8. Mentor is pioneering new licensing and use models to enable small companies as well as large companies (with geographically-dispersed verification groups) to access emulation via Amazon Web Services. Learn more at the ‘Design-on-Cloud’ pavilion on the DAC exhibit floor.

Calibre RealTime Digital was announced on June 18. Mentor released the first tool in the market-leading Calibre RealTime line six years ago. The new tool targets the digital design market and helps designers fix local DRC errors in their designs without creating further DRC violations. It cuts weeks off of the signoff stage of the design – the last stage before tapeout.

Customer presentations on Calibre RealTime Digital in the Mentor booth:

  • Customer Presentation: Saving weeks off the physical design implementation cycle: Qualcomm’s experience using Calibre RealTime Digital
    • Monday, June 25, 10:00am
    • Tuesday, June 26, 3:00pm
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2:00pm
  • Customer Presentation: How Inphi uses Calibre RealTime Digital to improve the time to tapeout digital designs
    • Tuesday, June 26, 4:00pm
    • Wednesday, June 27, 10:00am


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