Mike's awesome, he already knows the problems and is more likley to agree than defend PRBS31, prolly take the "it's here and we have to deal with it" -- which is what I would do if I got a paycheck from The Man.
Remember, of course, to pay homage to the Techno Festivus Pole in the lobby of the Santa Clara Convention Center. Even better, if you have a copy of The Sensory Deception by DesignConer Ransom Stephens, bring it for an autograph.
Chris if the Hyatt is full then the Avatar down the street is the most reasonably priced. After that there is the Hilton across the street from the cc and the Marriott. The Marriott starts at about $300 / night. The Hyatt rooms were $200.
I'm just getting my first look at the final papers (program director's prerogative; I see them first). We have a couple photonics papers in Track 3 that deliver what I expected. They address signal integrity and related issues familiar to DesignCon regulars, but in the context of photonic devices and optical interconnects. Somehting to watch for, if you're interested in these things.
Any discussions on the different methods of dealing with bandlimited S-Parameters for realtime scopes, vs sampling scopes, vs transient simulations would be a fun discussion for the closed eye session for embedding and de-embedding techniques since 28Gbps and beyond are pushing the limits.
@ProStar - Yes, CFP4 is "nirvana" for the comms industry from a design/integration capabilities angle. Now, I think it needs CFP2 to be successful to warrant actual manufacturing interest to kick in (and chip volume). Just my 2 cents. Cause without some financial success/adoption of CFP2; CFP4 will always sit on the building block in the lab.
We probably ought to schedule a panelist conference call for the EMC/SI event. If no slides, then we ought to have a list of discussion topics in advance, if nothing else, to prompt audience participation.
Optical is just beginning to roll through DesignCon - look for even more as CFP2 takes hold and volume begins to flow from there. In 2015, there will be SiPhotonics test topics and maybe even a track on it in my opinion.
The Closing Eye panel is looking for more audience participation this year. Questions, Comments, Challenges are strongly encouraged. In fact, if you are listening in and want to post something for us to address - just tweet it to me @ChrisAtTek
Remember, last year's panel centered around the "discovery" that Eric made by measuring bit error ratio as a function of time-delay on chip and, in so doing, answered some questions that the scope guys had been dealing with.
(yes some of us are talking about design con -- kind of embarassing for me to be one of the guys on task)
I'm moderating at least one panel, on Universal Flash storage on Wednesday at 3:45. I moderated a similar panel last year, and many of the same players are returning to update us. Under discussion is UFS role in mobile computing. Looking forward to that.
Contentious and provoking will be an objective of the Closing Eye Panel this year... Embedding and De-Embedding - Can modeling tools do it all? Where does PHY come into play? How effective are these approaches and what are the downfalls?
Have you downloaded the Design Con app? I ahve and it has my schedule in it. Of course I have to change it already having been invited to a press briefing during one of the times I wanted to attend a session.
DesignCon brings together engineers who model, design, construct, and test IC's, circuits, and systems that contain the world's highest speed digital links. The event opens on January 28, that's eight weeks from today, December 3. What do you expect to take away from the 2014 edition (besides candy from the expo hall)?