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Post-DAC 2009 Survey on The XJTAG Girls

One non-technology item that received an extraordinary buzz at DAC 2009 were the XJTAG Girls: For those of you not at DAC, these sales models were effective in persuading passers by to trade contact info for a chance to win a portable GPS or iPod. Of...  Read More »
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DAC Report: GPUs Or Multicore For EDA Applications?

The Wednesday keynote speech at the Design Automation Conference offered a strong argument for general-purpose graphical processing units (GPGPUs) as the best way to accelerate EDA and other compute-intensive applications. But whether GPGPUs will prove...  Read More »
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1st Ever Virtual Platform Workshop Deemed a Success

Yesterday DAC hosted the first ever Virtual Platform Workshop , a full day dedicated to the topic. Everybody I talked to at the event was very happy to see a full day devoted to the topic. There was a lot to learn from each other. Grant Martin has already...  Read More »
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DAC Report: A Reality Check On SystemC And TLM

An optimistic yet realistic appraisal of SystemC and transaction-level modeling (TLM) took place at the Design Automation Conference Tuesday, July 28, as vendors and users talked both about the advantages of this emerging methodology and what must still...  Read More »
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What's Good About Cavity Support in APD? You'll see for yourself using the SPB16.2 Release!

No - we're not talking teeth, candy, and cavities here ... Many customers have been asking us to support cavities inside of the Cadence IC Packaging tools for a number of years now. These are most frequently requests from companies trying to design...  Read More »
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DAC Report: 8 Design Managers Reveal Top Concerns

Put eight opinionated design managers from top semiconductor companies into a room, let them speak and answer questions, and some interesting perspectives will emerge. That was the case at Management Day, sponsored by Cadence, at the Design Automation...  Read More »
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Finding the Opportunities in ESL

I came to DAC 2009 looking for the industry trends in ESL, because as we all know by now, ESL can mean many things to many people. At today's lunch panel titled " Are SystemC and TLM-Driven Design Ready to Replace RTL? " moderator Mark Johnstone...  Read More »
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RTL Compiler's New "Spatial Technology"

By Jeff Flieder Sr. Solutions Manager Over the last few years, RTL Compiler has added a significant number of features targeted toward users that require more physical awareness in their synthesis flow. We first introduced the PLE (Physical Layout Estimation...  Read More »
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Day 1 of DAC is a Wrap

Well, it was a half day at DAC for me as I suffered a 2 hour flight delay from Minneapolis to San Francisco. It seems the fine Northwest aircraft I was on suffered a tripped circuit breaker that led to a relay that had to be replaced. I'm not convinced...  Read More »
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DAC Report: Ten Takeaways From The EDA CEO Panel

In what is sure to be a highlight from this year’s Design Automation Conference , CEOs of the three largest EDA companies gathered Monday, July 27 to talk about the present and future of the EDA industry. Lip-Bu Tan (Cadence), Wally Rhines (Mentor...  Read More »
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