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Expanded conference aims to attract designers

Posted: 25 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ICCAD? computer aided design? FPGA? simulation?

Expanding its traditional focus on tool developers, this year's International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) will try to attract designers by featuring design-related papers and panels, as well as a workshop on open-source and open standards, conference organizers said.

The 20th anniversary ICCAD, scheduled to take place Nov. 10-14 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California, has added a "design component" to its technical program, said conference chairman Larry Pileggi, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The conference will involve"real design papers, not a DAC [Design Automation Conference] methodology track," Pileggi said.

Conference activities will begin Sunday (Nov. 10) with parallel workshops that cover the OpenAccess standards effort, open-source circuit simulation, and languages such as SystemC, SystemVerilog, OpenVera, and ForSpec. A panel following the workshops is titled "Open source, EDA's next wave or yesterday's hype?"

The official conference program opens Monday (Nov. 11) with a keynote by Chekib Akrout, director of microprocessor development at IBM Microelectronics. His speech is titled, "The future of electronic games and the impact on design automation."

The ICCAD technical program this year involves 35 sessions and 105 papers. Of particular interest, Pileggi said, are two invited sessions that include six papers on emerging low-power design issues.

"Recognizing that the IC landscape has changed over the past 20 years, it is apparent that future design and EDA research must be done in tighter collaboration than ever before," he said. "These sessions represent ICCAD's first steps towards taking a leadership role in spawning more collaborative design."

The technical program also includes embedded tutorials on MTCMOS, nanotechnology, sub-wavelength lithography, "A to Z of SoC," and SAT and ATPG algorithms in synthesis and verification. The conference concludes Thursday with all-day tutorials on high-performance IC analysis and design, FPGAs, design of multi-million-gate SoCs, and modern physical design techniques.

Registration and further information is available at the ICCAD Web site.

?Richard Goering

EE Times

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