Author Archives: Paul Dempsey

About Paul Dempsey

Paul Dempsey is editor-in-chief of Tech Design Forum and has been a technology journalist for 20 years. His work has also appeared in EETimes, Red Herring and specialist journals published by the Financial Times.
June 7, 2011

DAC DAY TWO: A high level view of ESL

One of the great conundrums in EDA is the rate of adoption of ESL technologies. Everybody knows why more abstraction is needed. It reflects the needs for simultaneous hardware/software co-design, faster time-to-market, a greater mastery of complexity and speedier verification. To name but four. But while it is happening, the process is arguably proving much […]

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June 6, 2011

DAC DAY ONE: 3D IC flow takes shape

3D IC is already making waves at DAC. At the Gary Smith EDA pre-DAC briefing, Mary Olsson took a conservative view, saying that the technology could be delayed for 5 years, even though many believe it will begin to appear in 2012. She argued that the main challenge the technology faces is the fact that […]

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May 31, 2011

DAC preview: DFM, 3D panels at the Mentor Graphics stand

What’s a blog, if you can’t talk your own book a little. So, here’s a shill for a couple of panel sessions I’ll be moderating on the Mentor Graphics booth at DAC (#1542). And before that turns you off because you’re not able to make it to San Diego, I’ll add that we’re taping both […]

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May 31, 2011

First, post-Moore. Now, post-Wintel

ARM—and its chipvendor partners—have rattled Intel. We’ve known that for a while, but Intel’s twitchiness over its competitor reached a new high at its analyst meeting last month. The vehicle for that was Microsoft’s decision to create versions of Windows 8 that will run on ARM-based systems as well as Intel’s and those from AMD, […]

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May 31, 2011

DAC previews: WACI and bio-design automation

That age-old issue of ‘space consideration’ prevented me from highlighting a few other interesting parts of the DAC 2011 program in this month’s print issue, so I’ll try and pick some out of the necessary omissions as the conference begins on Sunday (June 5) in San Diego. The Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) session is […]

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May 31, 2011

Cybersecurity goes back on the agenda.

A few weeks ago, the White House released its International Strategy for Cyberspace . To a technical audience, it’s a pretty thin document. But that’s fair enough – it’s intended for consumption by politicians, diplomats and policy wonks, not technologists. However, the strategy does make it pretty clear that the private sector has a big […]

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May 31, 2011

DAC previews: EDA Research

Attendance at DAC’s sister conference, Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), rose this year by just under 10 per cent for its first visit to Grenoble, France. Given that the recession is still crimping business travel, that’s no bad claim. But, as much as DATE reflects the health of European design, it also provides […]

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May 10, 2011

2011 International Test Conference

With 2011’s DAC fast approaching, it’s also worth mentioning that this year’s International Test Conference is closer than you think.
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May 10, 2011

NABshow Silicon

Wearing another hat, I recently got back from NABshow, the huge broadcast engineering event in Las Vegas. As a self-confessed movie buff, I enjoy it more than CES. Smaller crowds, too. Only about 90,000.
May 10, 2011

Japanese innovation is as important as Japanese manufacturing

Much has been written about the impact of the Japanese earthquake on supplies for existing products—and that’s fair enough. It is the industry’s most immediate worry, although it seems to have receded somewhat in the last few weeks. But I still can’t help but also be concerned about what the disaster means for design. Rolling […]

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