#54DAC: A New Beginning


I’ve been attending DAC as an exhibitor since 1992, and serving on the executive committee since 2012. I am thrilled to serve as General Chair for the 54th iteration of this grand conference. (And no it’s not too early to think about DAC. The call for contributions is open now.) Through the years I have seen some big industry changes, most driven by the increasingly powerful tools and autom... » read more

Developing Effective Design Strategies For Today’s Wearable Devices


While many new fitness bands, smartwatches, and other wearable devices have entered the market, most have under-whelmed prospects and users. It is quite clear the wearable industry is in its infancy and fraught with growing pains. Software developers, embedded systems architects and engineers must take heed in the early miscalculations of these devices (whether it’s functionality, utility, pr... » read more

Think IoT Designs Are Challenging? Try Embedded Systems In The Brain


There’s low power and then there’s low power. There are amazing applications and then there are amazing applications. Today the bleeding edge of low power design is not so much in IoT (although excellent work is being done in that space) but in medical, where the stakes are high and possible outcomes life-altering. Chet Moritz, associate professor with the University of Washington’s... » read more

Week 48: One Week Left For Early Registration


I have to admit, writing the weekly blog has made the countdown to DAC a lot more apparent than it would have been otherwise. When I began blogging last year, I thought the watched-pot-never-boils maxim might apply, that time would drag and I’d run out of things to say months before the opening keynote. Instead, I’m fairly stunned to have just four more blogs to write until “my DAC year... » read more

Internet Of Things Design Considerations For Embedded Connected Devices


Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest IoT device. This paper delves into many of the key considerations developers need to know and discusses the critical areas of IoT security and connectivity along with the importance of a prove... » read more

Efficient Software Development


In the past few years, the cost of developing software for embedded systems has exploded. Previously, hardware was the biggest chunk of that cost. These days software stresses the engineering budget. Why is that? For the past 20 years or so, of the many thoroughly standardized hardware interfaces, some have been integrated into the silicon of the micro controller thereby reducing the bill of... » read more

Week 19: Ready. Steady. Go!


The window for submitting to the IP and designer tracks opens on Oct. 23. It’s time to get ready and check with your management if you can present your work at DAC. You can find the submission details and a link to last year’s content here. You can even browse presentation examples from past designer tracks. If you are an EDA vendor, the designer track is a good opportunity for your use... » read more

Embedded At DAC


It seems to be one of DAC’s best kept secrets – right up there with what happened to Free Monday – that about 30% of the conference content is focused on embedded systems and software (ESS). The call for contributions is still open and I want to remind you that you can submit your research work in ESS to DAC. When Leon Stok of IBM was General Chair for the 48th DAC he started our embedded... » read more

Building An Efficient, Tightly-Coupled Embedded System Using An Extensible Processor


The increasing demand for better filtering and processing capabilities of the processor within embedded systems results in a trend to shift from 8-bit microcontroller tightly coupled embedded systems towards 32-bit processor bus-based embedded systems. As a consequence, the power, performance and area (PPA) ratio of these systems also shifts in favor of performance at the cost of power and area... » read more

Micro-Power Energy Harvesting


Since the beginning of the human race’s self-awareness, people have strived to harness the planet’s free energy sources; wind, solar, thermal and hydro. On a macro scale, man’s dreams have come to fruition. The next frontier is capturing energy on a micro scale. On the macro front, there are massive corridors of energy powered by wind and solar developments, which generate megawatts of... » read more

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