SAN FRANCISCO The 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) here last month drew 6,875 general conference and exhibit attendees, up 25 percent from 5,505 general attendees in 2005, DAC organizers said Thursday (Aug. 10).
Another 5,077 event participants, including academics, researchers, developers, designers, managers and executives in EDA, chip and electronics companies, also attended this year's show, according to the organizers.
Excitement over the jump in general attendees is tempered by the fact that it must be attributed, at least partially, to the show's location. San Francisco is in close proximity to the Silicon Valley, where most EDA companies not to mention a sizeable chunk of the semiconductor industry is headquartered. Last year's event was located in Anaheim, Calif., more than 360 miles from San Jose.
More than 250 companies ended up exhibiting at DAC 2006, up from the 249 scheduled to exhibit just a few days before the show opened.
Ellen Sentovich, 43rd DAC general chair, said the show demonstrated the "vitality" of the industry. "Exhibitors, general conference attendees, speakers and press have all commented on the excitement and air of optimism felt throughout the technical conference and on the exhibit floor," Sentovich said.
DAC organizers said they would make available free video synchronized with presentations for DAC keynotes and 15 other key sessions are available on the DAC Web site as a service to the DAC community.
The 44th DAC is set for June 4 "8, 2007, in San Diego.