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ICCAD adds panels, workshops for designers

Posted: 01 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer aided design? conference? workshop? eda? nanotechnology?

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

The 20th anniversary ICCAD, scheduled for November 10 to 14 in San Jose, USA has added a "design component" to its technical program, said conference chairman Larry Pileggi, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. ICCAD will involve "real design papers, not a Design Automation Conference (DAC) methodology track," he said.

Conference activities will kick off with parallel workshops on 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?"

Chekib Akrout, director of microprocessor development at IBM Microelectronics, will give the opening address, speaking on "The future of electronic games and the impact on design automation."

The technical program involves 35 sessions and 105 papers. Of particular interest are two sessions on emerging low-power design issues, Pileggi said. "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 step towards taking a leadership role in spawning more collaborative design."

The technical program also includes embedded tutorials on nanotechnology, subwavelength lithography and algorithms for synthesis and verification. The conference concludes with all-day tutorials on design.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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