Well, DAC 2006 got off to a cracking start yesterday (Monday 24 July) here in San Francisco. Let me tell you about my day. It started at 5:00am when I leapt out of bed with a song on my lips and joy in my heart to squeeze in a couple of hours work on this site.
Once I'd brought things up to date, I ambled round the corner to the Moscone Convention Center to pick up my registration, and then headed down to the press rooms to start a series of "round table meetings. From 8:00 am to 9:00 am I met with folks from Advantest, Chartered Semiconductor, Blaze DFM, Ponte Solutions, and Stratosphere Solutions to discuss what's happening in the Design for Manufacturability (DFM).
Then, from 9:00 am to 10:00am I met with some guys from Altera, Calypto, Celoxica, and OCP-IP for a lively conversation as to just what we mean by Electronic System Level (ESL), where it is now, and where it's going. Suffice it to say that I came away pondering some very interesting points that I'm still mulling over in my poor old noggin.
But there was no time to dilly-dally or shilly-shally, because from 10:00 am to 11:00 am I was chatting with representatives from ChipEstimate, MOSAID, OCI-IP (again), and QualCore to discuss various aspects of Intellectual Property (IP). One of the topics we raced through was Synplicity's rather interesting proposal for an Open IP Encryption Scheme.
Last but certainly not least (for the morning), from 11:00 am to noon I met with some chaps from Intel, Mentor Graphics, and OASIS Tooling to discover what is happing with OASIS (the forthcoming replacement for GDSII). All jolly cool stuff, let me tell you! (I would very much like to thank Lou Covey of VitalCom for pulling all of this together.)
Fortunately the press room is equipped with some nibbles (and lots of coffee), so I ended up grabbing a table with Dylan McGrath and Richard Goering of EE Times for 30 minutes or so, while we all munched on a sandwich (one each, we didn't have to share) and – using the press room's wireless network – busily filed stories and reports.
And then we each set off in different directions for the afternoon's fray. For my part, I bounced back and forth between the North and South halls of the conference center meeting with more companies than I car to remember.
One really fun part of the afternoon occurred at Tensilica's Booth, where they have the famous German artist Lothar Krebs creating murals. The cool thing is that anyone can get to paint a small part of the mural, which Lothar then assembles into a masterpiece. I stopped by on my travels to do my bit, and (they said because my offering had "feeling" and "texture", but I think it was really down to the colorful shirt my stepson Joseph bought me for Father's Day) they ended up taking my picture as shown below.
Yes, it's yours truly doing his part for art
(my panel is just above the photo I'm holding)
In addition to being a great deal of fun, this is all in a good cause, because the finished murals are being sold of to local companies (a bargain at only $5K a mural), and the proceeds are being donated to a local ballet school, Ballet San Jose. They will be creating more murals throughout the course of the conference, so you should wander over there and have a bash!
Cool Beans, but the day was not yet over, because Mentor hosted a press and analysts dinner in the Museum of Art, which is just around the corner from the convention center. And then it was back to my hotel for an early night, and up again at 5:00am this morning to start my day (by writing this). Now, I'm poised to race back to the center to attend a 3-hour session on Open IP Encryption. Oh, my aching head (grin). Watch this space!
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