SAN FRANCISCO The IEEE is moving toward the creation of a council that would serve as the focal point for all of the organization's EDA activities.
The idea of the IEEE Council for Electronic Design Automation has been endorsed by the IEEE Technical Activities Board. Final approval is expected in June.
Once approved, the council would be responsible for coordinating IEEE's EDA activities, creating new initiatives and helping to recruit new talent to the EDA industry. The council would also be charged with increasing visibility for IEEE-sponsored EDA events such as the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the organization's technical publications that feature EDA.
According to Al Dunlop, a design consultant and a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society's board of governors, EDA activities within IEEE have typically been spread across the organization. The idea of the council is to bring these activities together so that they "get the attention they need and deserve," he said.
"IEEE has always had a very strong presence in EDA," Dunlop said. "But finer design rules require a much greater focus on EDA."
Plans call for Dunlop to lead a committee of technical leaders from industry and academia that will initially manage the council's activities. Five IEEE societies have already agreed to participate in the council.