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

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Imagination will sell its MIPS business to Tallwood, a California-based venture capital firm, for $65m in cash. The sale is expected to close in October. The rest of Imagination is slated to be sold to Canyon Bridge for £550 million in cash (~$740 million), a deal dependent on the MIPS sale. The Chinese-backed investment firm has featured recently in the news for its attempted purchas... » read more

Data, Privacy And The IoT


The keynotes at this year's Design Automation Conference concentrated on the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] (IoT). All of the speakers came from a hardware background, and thus all saw the benefits of being close to the system that is generating the data, providing the analytics, and producing some kind of action that provides the economic benefit. The alternative view comes f... » read more

Designing For The IoT


Each day of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) starts with a keynote. What was particularly noteworthy this year was that they all focused on some aspect of the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] (IoT), and the value of hardware within the IoT. Semiconductor Engineering attended all of the keynotes. What follows are highlights of those talks, along with some analysis. (The four... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Numbers EDA industry revenue increased 10.5% in Q1 2017 to $2.168 billion, the highest Q1 growth level since 2011, according to EDAC. The four quarters moving average increased by 10.6%. CAE, the biggest category, grew 14%, while IP—primarily macro cells and memory—grew 15%. The Americas and Asia-Pacific both reported double digit growth. The industry is hiring, too: tracked companies incr... » read more

Blog Review: July 5


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the current state of System-in-Package technology and how different products incorporate SiP. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi digs into the differences between two major recent ransomware outbreaks, WanaCry and Petya. A Mentor staff writer shares some highlights from this year's DAC. ARM's Rene Haas examines what consumers think about AI and the impact it wil... » read more

DAC 2017: A Glimpse Of How The Future Is Enabled


Last week’s Design Automation Conference in Austin gave great examples on how the future is enabled with next generation tools today. My favorite portions were Uhnder’s overview on “Agile Emulation” in the cloud, SirusXM’s presentation on how they used our portfolio of emulation and FPGA-based prototyping, the panel on “Smarter Verification” that I had organized and – of course ... » read more

Blog Review: June 28


Mentor's Craig Armenti notes the benefits, and challenges, of investing in modular design in the PCB domain. Cadence's Paul McLellan covers a DAC chat with CEO Lip-Bu Tan on the rise of advanced packaging and investments in AI and autonomous driving. Synopsys' Jim Hartnett examines some of the challenges and tradeoffs involved in building good security practices in hospital environments. ... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance Samsara, an Industrial Internet of Things startup, raised $40 million in its Series C financing, led by General Catalyst. Andreesen Horowitz, an existing investor, and Samsara’s founders also participated in the funding round, which values the company at $530 million. The supplier of Internet-connected sensors for industrial and transportation applications has raised a total of $80 m... » read more

Wednesday At DAC


Wednesday at DAC started off in usual fashion with a keynote. For the third day, the focus of the talk was the IoT and how significant the change is going to be. Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs, was the speaker. While there are a lot of figures about how many devices will be connected in the future, Tuttle put it into a different perspective. "There will 70B connected devices by 2025 worth $... » read more

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