August 19, 2011

GlobalFoundries extends Santa Clara GTC deadline

GlobalFoundries has extended the online registration deadline for its Silicon Valley technical conference on August 30th and published the program for the day-long event. You now have until Wednesday (August 24th) to sign up for the Santa Clara Convention Center on the Global Technology Conference (GTC)  site where you will find links to other stops […]

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June 9, 2011

DAC DAY THREE: The need to go beyond ESL

Gadi Singer, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager, SOC Enabling Group for Intel, provided an excellent keynote on Wednesday at DAC (June 8th) that didn’t so much set out his company’s shopping list as its strategy for the context of tool and methodology development. We’ll take a closer look at many […]

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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

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.


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