Readers of this blog –– Daniel Payne’s EDA Thoughts –– were recently treated to a look back on DAC in his blog post “DAC Transitions over Time.”  Daniel’s been attending since 1987 and reports on all of the ways in which he’s seen the conference evolve since then.

As we head toward this year’s DAC, now in its 46th consecutive year, starting July 27, let’s look forward and not back to see what’s new and exciting, and what you can expect this year.

We’ll be treated to four keynote sessions, including a special Monday Keynote Panel, “Futures for EDA: The CEO View,” with three EDA CEOs, and a special plenary panel Thursday titled, “How Green Is My Silicon Valley.

The technical program has 54 research paper sessions covering approximately 13 topics and featuring 156 talks selected from 733 submissions worldwide, a 10 percent increase over the number received last year.  A new highlight of the technical program that we’re all quite proud of is the three-day User Track, with more than 40 presentations and 42 posters focused on the latest in tool use and methodologies.  Each submission was reviewed by a 20-member industry user committee.  Additionally, DAC will host nine special sessions and six full-day tutorials that will be held Monday and Friday.

Eight panels are included in the conference’s technical program, while 19 are scheduled for the DAC Pavilion on the exhibit floor.

If that’s not enough, 11 events will be collocated with DAC and there are countless number of sessions at the IC Design Central Partner Pavilion, the Exhibitor Forum and additional meetings hosted by the community.

Many volunteers work together to plan DAC.  DAC’s Executive Committee is made up of 16 members of the EDA and design community who plan the conference, and 15 people work on the Panel Committee.  Organizer MP Associates has 14 employees working year-round on DAC.  The number of members of the Technical Program Committee is 76, while the number of reviewers is staggering: 538.  And, the Exhibitor Liaison Committee of 17 representatives from exhibit companies offers advice on exhibitor-related issues.
And speaking of exhibits, where else but DAC can you find the entire ecosystem of design?  The exhibit hall will be filled with more than 200 vendors of all sizes, including industry leaders Cadence, Magma, Mentor and Synopsys.

As we’ve surely proven, DAC is not to be missed this year.  Register today and be prepared for an information-packed week.  We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.
Note:  This year’s DAC will be held July 26-31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Register today at: