Autonomous Design Automation: How Far Are We?

The year is 2009, during the Design Automation Conference (DAC) at a press dinner in a posh little restaurant in San Francisco’s Civic Center. About two glasses of red wine in, one of the journalists challenges the table: “So, how far away are we from the black box that we feed with our design requirements and it produces the design that we send to the foundry?” We discussed all the indus... » read more