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The Return Of DAC In-Person


Apart from masked faces everywhere, you could be excused for not knowing that there was a pandemic going on. Sure, the numbers were down, the show floor was smaller, and most of the parties didn't happen, but everyone was so happy to be able to bump elbows with their colleagues. Buttons were available for attendees to show the level of comfort they had with various types of greetings, from "... » read more

An 8 Bit To 12 Bit Resolution Programmable 5 MSample/s Current Steering Digital-To-Analog Converter In A 22 nm FD-SOI CMOS Technology


Authors: Jeongwook Koh, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Dresden, Germany Shishira S. Venkatesha, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany Sunil S. Rao, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Dresden, Germany Marcel Jotschke, Division Engineering of Ad... » read more

58th DAC Online Program Is Now Live


We did it. After more than a year’s worth of hard work the DAC Executive Committee finally released the 58th DAC program, despite a mountain of challenges and hurdles we encountered along the way this past year. We started planning the 58th DAC a little over a year ago, and we were confronted with a lot of uncertainty on what to expect for the coming year. Would submissions be down? Would ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Analog Devices acquired the wireless assets of Comcores. Analog Devices plans to continue to evolve the wireless technology and participate in the O-RAN forum. Teams based in Denmark and Poland, including Comcores founder and former CEO, Thomas Noergaard, will join ADI. Comcores will retain its other lines of intellectual property and digital systems business, Chip-to-Chip and Ethernet Systems ... » read more

Tackling Functional Correctness, Safety, Trust And Security


We’re six months into the pandemic, and it looks like in-person conferences are becoming a distant memory and that virtual conferences are now becoming routine. It used to be that traveling to a conference (sometimes long distances) was the only way to be able to attend technical presentations and learn about the latest technologies and methodologies, and that was only if you received permiss... » read more

Accellera Tackles Functional Safety


During DAC, Accellera had a workshop about functional safety. In case you don't know, Accellera has a relatively new working group (WG) on Functional Safety. The chair is Cadence's Alessandra Nardi, who coincidentally also received the Marie Pistilli Award for Women in EDA during DAC (you can read more about that in my post Alessandra Nardi Receives Marie Pistilli Award for Women in EDA). But ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Analog Devices (ADI) acquired the HDMI business of Invecas. “The acquisition of Invecas' HDMI business positions ADI to deliver more complete solutions throughout the entire customer journey – from chip, to certification, to end product," said John Hassett, Senior Vice President, Industrial and Consumer at Analog Devices. "We are thrilled to enhance ADI’s capabilities with the addition of... » read more

Engineering Within Constraints


One of the themes of DAC this year was the next phase of machine learning. It is as if CNNs and RNNs officially have migrated from the research community and all that is left now is optimization. The academics need something new. Quite correctly, they have identified power as the biggest problem associated with learning and inferencing today, and a large part of that problem is associated with ... » read more

A Virtual DAC Experience


This has been the first virtual conference for me, and I will say I was not sure what to expect. I did moderate a panel for it, but that was pre-recorded because the panelists did not care to be awake and performing live for what would have been 3 a.m. for them. I hosted a virtual happy hour, I conducted many interviews, attended sessions, keynotes and other events, but one thing stands out to ... » read more

Designer And IP Tracks Swell With Focus On ML, Security And Traditional EDA Methodologies


What are designers keenly interested in as the 57th Design Automation Conference (DAC) approaches? If you said machine learning (ML), you’d be only partially right. Based on designer and IP tracks submissions to the 57th edition of the venerable electronics-industry event, ML – how to design with it and optimize EDA tools and flows using it – is a hot topic. But so too are more traditi... » read more

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