I can remember back in the 1980s how Apollo workstations were quite popular, because they accelerated the graphics display time for EDA tools much better than competitive hardware. Fast forward to 2022 and we have the same promise of speeding up EDA tools like PCB layout editing by using a GPU. At the 58th DAC there was a session called, Accelerating EDA Algorithms with GPUs and Machine Learning, where Patrick Bernard and Anton Kryukov of Cadence presented.
I’ve followed the enthusiastic market acceptance of FPGA chips over the decades, and even semiconductor companies like Intel acquired Altera, while AMD tries to acquire Xilinx. The idea of field programmable logic makes a lot of sense for use in systems designs today, and it was inevitable that a company like Menta would offer both soft and hard IP for embedding an FPGA into an ASIC design. At the #58thDAC I met with Yoan Dupret, the Managing Director & CTO at Menta, who has also done stints at Altis Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, CSR, Samsung and DelfMEMS.
Walking the exhibit floors at DAC in December I spotted the familiar face of Anupam Bakshi, Founder and CEO of Agnisys, so I stopped by the booth to get an update on his EDA company. My first question for him was about the origin of the company name, Agnisys, and I found at that Agni means Fire in Sanskrit, one of the five elements.
It’s been awhile since I really looked at what Cliosoft has to offer in the EDA tool space, so at the 58th DAC I stopped by their exhibit booth on Tuesday to visit with Karim Khalfan, VP of Application Engineering, and Simon Rance, VP of Marketing. Their booth had all of the hot market segments listed: Automotive, 5G, IoT, AI, Foundries.…
Tuesday at DAC was actually my very first time attending a technical session, and the presentation from Nebabie Kebebew, Siemens EDA, was called, Mitigating Variability Challenges of IPs for Robust Designs. There were three presentations scheduled for that particular Designer, IP and Embedded Systems track, but with the COVID…
My third event at DAC on Monday was all about using EDA tools in the Cloud, and so I listened to Craig Johnson, VP EDA Cloud Solutions, Siemens EDA. Early in the day I heard from Joe Sawicki, Siemens EDA, on the topic of Digitalization.
Functional safety has been at the forefront of the electrification of our vehicles with new ADAS features, and the push to reach autonomous driving, while having compliance with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. I attended the Accellera hosted panel discussion on Monday at DAC, hearing from functional safety panelists that work at AMD, Arm, Texas Instruments, and DARPA. Alessandra Nardi, Accellera Functional Safety Working Group Chair moderated the panel discussion, and started out with a big picture overview first.
Monday at DAC this year started off on a very optimistic note as Joe Sawicki from Siemens EDA presented in the Pavilion on the topic of Digitalization, a frequent theme in the popular press because of the whole Work From Home transition that we’ve gone through during the pandemic. Several industries are benefiting from the digitalization trend: semiconductor, aerospace, defense, automotive, heavy machinery, medical, consumer products, energy, utilities and even marine.
Ramy is with Intento Design at the #58thDAC talking about ID-Xplore-SyS, a tool used by IDM and foundries doing fast migration of analog circuits. #SemiEDA Ramy has attended DAC since 2016. pic.twitter.com/DHiRi7Lvqm— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 8, 2021
At the #58thDAC we need to show our Vaccination card at Moscone West, so try the free app from CLEAR Health Pass to speed up the process. Scan the QR, then use code: DAC2021. pic.twitter.com/uF2poVYUcG— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) November 18, 2021
Agile Analog is at the #58thDAC, and they want your survey feedback about Analog IP blocks. They even have a $661.42 gift card (500 British pounds) for one lucky survey taker, so check it out. #SemiIP https://t.co/SW1inwvy3G pic.twitter.com/fq7n4lPKHH— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 7, 2021
More details on JuliaSPICE from Cedar EDA, a 1st time exhibitor at the #58thDAC, here’s their 26 minute video. It’s about the same speed as Xyce, but not sure how that compares to commercial SPICE simulators yet. Stay tuned. #SemiEDA https://t.co/C8KANJSdrL— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 8, 2021
I think that we're using #58DAC this year, see you in SFO.— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) July 28, 2021
At the #58thDAC on Sunday night, enjoyed meeting fellow Silicon Compiler co-worker Charles Dancak, ate at Joes Diner on Market Street. Charles is doing a lot of AMS modeling with SystemVerilog these days. pic.twitter.com/0Dao2Vt8qZ— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 6, 2021
ProteanTecs is a first time #58thDAC attendee, and their IP is embedded into your SoC for performance monitoring, even after silicon comes out. I’ll attend a Pavillion presentation with them next. #SemiIP Booth 1554 at Moscone West. pic.twitter.com/K1iDZz0mFE— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 8, 2021
The RISC-V Summit is co-locating with #58DAC in SFO this December, another good idea, in-person or virtual. I'll be there in person. https://t.co/E9xbKgjKGx #SemiEDA #SemiIP pic.twitter.com/CqJCUfLNiN— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) July 28, 2021
My #58thDAC trip report is expanding, now that I have time to write up what I learned last week in SFO, more to come, stay tuned. Blogs from #SemiWiki, tweets and photos. https://t.co/cTh3zEEIe8 #SemiEDA #SemiIP pic.twitter.com/RDIY8g7HLd— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 13, 2021
Just registered for #58DAC, so it's feeling more real now. Last step is arranging air travel and hotel. See you in SFO starting Dec 5th. #SemiEDA #SemiIP https://t.co/LBBgPCrqOB pic.twitter.com/DLEkeasIw1— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) September 22, 2021
LUBIS EDA creates properties from SystemC that can be prove equivalence with your RTL, cool idea, first time at #58thDAC, based in German, ask for Dr. Michael Schwarz. #SemiEDA pic.twitter.com/OFlv4g1Vf2— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 7, 2021
Checked into my flight, ready to arrive in SFO for the #58thDAC on Sunday, weather looks nice, let the good times roll at Moscone West, Sunday-Wednesday. https://t.co/cTh3zEEIe8 pic.twitter.com/oyIpzNe0MC— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 5, 2021
Needham shared at #58thDAC on Sunday night: the cost/transistor slowed down, cost per wafer is rising, and more systems companies doing silicon design instead of buying standard parts to get the best PPA for their own apps. pic.twitter.com/LgKmB3cMiU— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 6, 2021
Start your #58thDAC morning with coffee and a scone at Peet’s on the ground floor of Moscone West, plus they have a few tables and chairs to let you rest a bit before a full day of walking the exhibits and conference. pic.twitter.com/KtWf3d4ZsL— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 7, 2021
SoC Compiler announced in May 2021 by Defacto, come check it out in booth #1363 and ask for Bastien. #58thDAC Nice front end for SoC creation, uses RTL and design collaterals like UPF, IP-XACT, SDC, etc. #SemiEDA pic.twitter.com/CznTE3GRqa— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 8, 2021
#58DAC is co-located with SEMICON West on December 7-9, and you will know which hall is for #SemiEDA and #SemiIP, because it won't have any robotics or fab equipment. https://t.co/FMhMRiLTVO pic.twitter.com/TA6xtuZKX0— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) August 6, 2021
At #58DAC I'm attending the Functional Safety Standard luncheon from Accellera, with experts from AMD, Arm, TI and DARPA. It's Monday, Dec 6 at 11:45AM. https://t.co/1l3xztsMbM #SemiEDA #SemiIP #SemiWiki pic.twitter.com/hLbZJsHDfU— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) November 16, 2021
Ajay Daga and John Hatfield at #58thDAC with FishTail, they help with timing constraints for SDC flows. Their customer list has doubled in the past 18 months, wow. Facebook is a happy customer. #SemiEDA pic.twitter.com/1T0am9QQjx— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) December 7, 2021
Get a big picture at #58DAC by attending the SKYtalks, and hear from companies like: Microsoft, IBM and AMD. Find me in SFO with my trusty iPad Pro in hand, trying to find a good WiFi signal. #SemiEDA #SemiIP https://t.co/he6F5PMn3m pic.twitter.com/lMMVIwUrkU— Daniel Payne (@Daniel_J_Payne) July 21, 2021