Boulder, Colo.--July 13, 1998--At the 35th Design Automation Conference (DAC), held June 15-19 in San Francisco's Moscone Center, more than 230 exhibitors (up from last year's 200) helped draw a record 21,500 attendees from technology companies and universities around the world. Thirty-one companies exhibited in the Silicon Village area. Increased international attendance, totaling 1,373 engineers from 36 countries, as well as doubled exhibits-only and "Free Monday" registration, was largely responsible for this year's 20 percent overall increase in attendance.
William J. Spencer, Sematech chairman of the board, drew approximately 3,000 attendees to his opening keynote address. He covered the increasing importance of shared efforts between the semiconductor and design automation industries in order to constantly improve products, and continue to be economic drivers in the information age. The annual Executive Panel, following immediately afterwards, included leaders in the semiconductor industry as well as EDA company CEOs.
Nearly 400 papers from around the world were submitted to the DAC's design tools and design methods tracks this year, and were narrowed to 142 papers presented at the conference. This year's "Best Paper" winners were: "Generic Global Placement and Floorplanning" in the Physical Design & Logic Synthesis category; "A Decision Procedure for Bit-Vector Arithmetic" in the High-Level Synthesis, Verification and Codesign category; "A Fast Hierarchical Algorithm for 3-D Capacitance Extraction" in the Modeling, Simulation and Estimation category; "OCCOM: Efficient Computation of Observability-Based Code Coverage Metrics for Functional Verification" in design methodology; and "Functional Verification of a Multiple-Issue, Out-of-Order, Superscaler Alpha Processor - The Alpha 21264 CPU Chip" in design methodology.
Next year's DAC will be held June 21-25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
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