DAC: An Exhibitor’s Perspective


It is less than four weeks to DAC. At this point you should be deep into your planning and ready to drop down secure all your exhibit services before the deadline. While you are thinking about how to manage all the details of getting your booth on the show floor, this is a great time to take a step back and make sure you have clearly defined exhibit “takeaways” — think “goals” and ... » read more

(R)evolution of the 56th Design Automation Conference Technical Program


The Design Automation Conference (DAC), which was founded in 1964, is the longest running and largest conference focused on the design and automation of electronic circuits and systems. And 2019 was a record year in terms of research paper submissions and accepted papers. In fact, this year DAC experienced an impressive 18 percent increase in submissions, as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1: DA... » read more

Design Infrastructure Alley at DAC 2019


2018 marked the first year of the Design Infrastructure Alley (DIA) at DAC. It was the first time that DAC devoted floorspace to discussing the unique IT needs of the semiconductor industry. Some of the big issues we are looking to address at DAC include: Increased Focus on Data/IP Security Semiconductor companies have traditionally had a very open, collegial way of working. The emphasis... » read more

Research: The Heart and Soul of DAC


Research is the very heart and soul of the Design Automation Conference (DAC). In fact, one could easily argue that our industry as we know it today would not exist if not for the fundamental research that has been published at DAC for over five decades, as well as many of its sister conferences (e.g., DATE, ICCAD, etc.) This year I am honored to have been selected to serve as the 56th DAC T... » read more

New Deep Learning Processors, Embedded FPGA Technologies, SoC Design Solutions


Some of the most valuable events at DAC are the IP Track sessions, which give small and midsize companies a chance to share innovations that might not get much attention elsewhere. The use of IP in SoCs has exploded in recent years. In a panel at DAC 2017, an industry expert noted that the IP market clearly was growing even faster than EDA itself, due to the fact that more and more chip mak... » read more

What’s Hot At #55DAC


This June at DAC, we will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about key topics that are emerging in the system design and automation community. To start, we have the challenge of designing at the end of silicon scaling and beyond: devices, design complexity and verification. On Monday, there will be a tutorial on designing at advanced technology nodes, followed by an invited session o... » read more

DAC’s Passageway To Design Infrastructure


This year's Design Automation Conference will include an "alley" on the exhibit floor, but it won't be a dark, narrow passageway we think of when we hear "alley." Instead, the new Design Infrastructure Alley will be a well-illuminated tribute to the design technology infrastructure, a fundamental element for the creation and design of complex electronic systems and components. The Design Inf... » read more

DAC System Design Contest


When it comes to tackling leading-edge design challenges in fun ways, there’s no better place than DAC. For DAC 2018, we’ve created a System Design Contest targeting machine learning on embedded hardware. If you think this is too leading edge for a design contest, you’d be mistaken: More than 100 teams registered for the contest. You can find a full list of the teams here. So ho... » read more

Introducing The 55th DAC General Chair


My first time attending DAC was in 1991, and I am so excited to be serving as the General Chair for the 55th annual conference this June. Coming from academia and meeting new people in the industry sector who have been involved with DAC for years, I thought this to be good opportunity to introduce myself to the entire community. I got my start in engineering as an undergraduate student. Both... » read more

Live From Austin—The DAC Exhibition Floor


I’ve been attending DAC since 1992, and it’s astonishing to me how each new year brings more and more compelling experiences for attendees. Of course DAC is rooted in a world-class IEEE and ACM sponsored conference program, but the activities in the exhibit hall just get more and more amazing and fun every June. The exhibit hall at this year’s DAC is not just a place where exhibitors f... » read more

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