September 13, 2019
John Blyler is a Consulting Editor of Tech Design Forum and the Editor-in-Chief of Interference Technology. He spent the first half of his career as a hardware-system systems engineer and program managerand the second half as a technology journalist, science writer and educator. John is an affiliate professor of systems engineering at Portland State University and lecturer for UC-Irvine’s online IoT program.

AI firsts (and more) at America’s SEMICON

SEMICON West showed a distinct thematic shift away from preserving Moore's Law to assessing the architectural implications of AI, as EDA was brought into the event.
April 30, 2015
Dr Lauro Rizzatti is an independent verification consultant. You can contact him at lauro AT rizzatti DOT com

Putting emulation on the map

Emulation is now served by all three leading vendors and is a hot topic for discussion among engineers. The major verification conferences need to follow suit.
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June 1, 2010

Fully grounded

Disneyland might be next door, but DAC 2010 is stressing a real-world perspective on chip design. We spoke to general chair Sachin Sapatnekar.
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June 1, 2009

Why DAC and DATE still matter

Our preview of the forthcoming Design Automation Conference concentrates on the User Track that makes its debut there next month. Given that it shares many of the objectives behind this journal, that is hardly surprising. However, it is not the only aspect of DAC that merits investigation. Also in the program, conference chair Dr. Andrew […]

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June 1, 2008

Accentuate the practical

When engineers discuss the status and value of the Design Automation Conference (DAC), one topic tends to recur. Fairly or unfairly, the claim is that there has long been an inherent tension between DAC the technical conference and DAC the exhibition. In short, the technical conference has been seen as biased toward tool developers; the […]

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June 1, 2007

DAC past, present and future

When I left the semiconductor industry to become an EDA Analyst, I was struck by two things. The first was the professionalism of the PR firms handling the EDA accounts. They not only did jobs that would be expected of them by silicon vendors, but also performed functions that we would consider part of a […]

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June 1, 2007

Broaden your perspective

Some 161 papers will feature during this year’s 44th Design Automation Conference (June 4-8) in San Diego with four strands at the forefront. System-level design (ESL), design for manufacturing/yield (DFM/DFY), low-power design and verification accounted for more than 40% of submissions this year, and the final line-up represents these topics in broadly similar proportion. For […]

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June 1, 2006

Back on the bay

Ellen Sentovich As EDA Tech Forum went to press, the programme for 2006’s Design Automation Conference (July 24-28) in San Francisco was only just being made public. However, one thing was already clear. The event is set to be bigger than ever before. “We had been concerned about the move to July because of the […]

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