LONDON The crippling cost of System on Chip design will be one of the highlights of the forthcoming 22nd IEEE International SOC Conference which is to held in Europe for the first time.
The event to be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 9-11 September 2009 has attracted a number of distinguished guest speakers.
They include Hermann Eul, member of the board responsible for sales, marketing, technology and R&D at Infineon who will give the keynote address James O'Riordan of Silicon & Software Systems Ltd and Liang-Gee Chen, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, ?National Taiwan University.
Other conference highlights include a panel discussion focusing on how the increasing design complexity of SoCs is inflating the design and verification cost of new products.
General conference chair, Dr Sakir Sezer who is SoC cluster director of research at Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) says that 500 man-years of design effort is now the norm rather than the exception. ?
"The cost spiral of SoC is constraining fundraising for the classical fabless semiconductor start-up model. New SoC fabless design start-ups are failing year-on-year as essential costs rise.
"The panel discussion will address these issues from both academic and industrial research perspectives and it will undoubtedly be one of this year's highlights,” said Sezer.
The conference was held outside of the U.S. in 2007 for the first time, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and it is now planned to stage it outside the United States every other year.
Details of the event are available here.