In my blog of August 24, entitled "Vendors not the sole cause of declining DAC attendance", I may have given the impression that two of the three DAC sponsors, namely ACM and the IEEE have direct control over the contents of the Technical Program. I did not mean to imply this.
DAC sponsors have no say in the contents of the DAC technical program. The program is developed by a committee that last year included more than 80 professionals from all over the world. These dedicated individuals work practically year around to develop areas of interest, put together a call for papers, peer review all of the submissions, choose the best papers, and develop the final program based on those.
In addition, I have heard that the Executive Committee, under the leadership of Limor Fix, Chair of the upcoming conference, is looking at ways to expand the scope of the technical program using co-located events and workshops. So, Richard Munden's requests for more coverage of FPGA and PCB design issues will be addressed. It is a clear sign that DAC is responsive to the interest of the community it serves.