Leveraging the theme of automotive electronics, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) has announced the technical program for the 44th DAC, to be held June 4-8, 2007 in San Diego, Calif. The DAC committee has also announced three keynote speeches, including a tribute to the late Richard A. Newton.
This year's technical program, now available on line, features 161 papers, eight special sessions, seven full-day tutorials, eight panels, 18 pavilion panels, and seven hands-on tutorials. DAC is expecting approximately 11,000 attendees including academics, researchers, developers, designers, managers, and executives in EDA, chip, and electronics companies.
Automotive electronics will be the focus of an all-day track on Wednesday, June 6, including a special session, invited talks, a panel, and regular papers that discuss the issues impacting automotive design. A special session will feature presentations on defining, designing and using virtual automotive platforms to implement applications on shared hardware. In a pavilion panel that afternoon, presenters will explore the special needs for correctness and reliability in automotive software.
Lawrence D. Burns, vice president of R&D and strategic planning for General Motors Corp., will deliver a Monday automotive theme keynote address on June 4 titled, "Designing a New Automotive DNA." He will talk about the reinvented automobile that exchanges the internal combustion engine, petroleum, and mechanical linkages for fuel cells and batteries, hydrogen and electricity. Burns will address the design challenges and opportunities presented by the requirement for new electrical and electronics-based architectures, systems, and software.
Oh-hyun Kwon, president of the System LSI Division of Samsung Semiconductor Business, will present the opening session keynote address on Tuesday, June 5. He will outline the complex technology and business challenges facing the semiconductor industry in this era of declining chip prices and soaring R&D costs, and offer insights on the kinds of innovations that will be required to overcome them.
Thursday, June 7, Jan M. Rabaey, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. will deliver a special keynote, "Design without Borders -A Tribute to the Legacy of A. Richard Newton." Newton, former dean of engineering at U.C. Berkeley and a founder of the EDA industry, died earlier this year. Newton's most recent passion was synthetic biology, and Rabaey's speech will show how EDA concepts are now beginning to be applied to the nano- and bio-constructions that physicists, chemists and biologists are working with.
The DAC 2007 technical program includes more than 53 technical sessions divided into 10 tracks: Analog/Mixed-Signal/RF and Simulation; Automotive Electronics; Business; DFM and the Manufacturing Interface; Interconnect and Reliability; Low Power Design; New and Emerging Technologies; Physical Design, Synthesis and FPGA; System Level and Embedded Design; and Verification and Test. More than 40 percent of the papers focus on four hot topic areas system design, low power design, verification, and design for manufacturability (DFM)
Tuesday afternoon will include a WACI (Wild and Crazy Ideas) session highlighting out-of-the-box thinking. After receiving 54 submissions presenting early expositions of new ideas, the program committee selected eight papers that will be presented in a short format designed to promote discussion among attendees.
An all-day management seminar Tuesday is titled "Innovation or Extinction -the choice is yours!" Speakers include Geoffrey Moore, best-selling author and the founder of The Chasm Group; Raul Camposano, formerly chief technical officer and general manager of the Silicon Engineering Group at Synopsys; and Jim Smith, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures.
The DAC 2007 program also features an array of panels spread throughout the conference with free-form discussions headed by EDA luminaries, addressing emerging and important areas in the field. The panels cover topics such as EDA mega-trends under shortening consumer cycles, handoffs between design and manufacturing, early power-aware design, and challenges in functional verification.
On the exhibit floor, DAC will present pavilion panels on a variety of topics to stimulate discussion, such as trends in EDA, managing mixed-signal designs, DFM, system-level wireless design, and how to anticipate "the next killer app."
Advance conference registration is now available on line.