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29 Panel Sessions in 46th Design Automation Conference Program Cover Wide Range of Issues Affecting Chip Design, Technology, Business

The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will offer a range of panels, including a first-ever keynote panel with the top three electronic design automation (EDA) CEOs and a special plenary panel on green technology. In addition, eight panels are included in the conference’s technical program, while 19 are scheduled for the DAC Pavilion on the exhibit floor. This year’s DAC will be held July 26-31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

“With a total of 29 panel sessions, there’s truly something for everyone. The selected panels are part of a high-quality, comprehensive program that will explore critical design issues, as well as hot topics like green technology, intellectual property, the future of EDA given the economic environment, and much more,” said Greg Spirakis, chair of the panels committee for the 46th DAC. “In addition to the diverse range of topics, the breadth and experience of the panelists and moderators will make for an informative and engaging panel program, including the keynote CEO panel that no one in the industry should miss.”

“Futures for EDA: The CEO View,” will feature panelists Aart de Geus of Synopsys, Inc., Walden C. Rhines of Mentor Graphics Corp. and Lip-Bu Tan of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., discussing industry futures with respect to markets, business and technology. This keynote panel, to be held on Monday July 27, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., will be moderated by Juan-Antonio Carballo, a partner with IBM Venture Capital Group and worldwide manager, IBM Microelectronics Services.

“How Green is My Silicon Valley,” a special plenary panel chaired by Walden C. Rhines in his role as EDA Consortium chair, will take place Thursday, July 30, from 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. The panel will examine “green” technology, system design, public policy – and prospective implications for the EDA industry.

Conference Program Features Eight Panels

Eight conference program panels will take place Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30. They are:

Tuesday, July 28

System Prototypes: Virtual, Hardware or Hybrid?

EDA in Flux -- Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Moore’s Law: Another Casualty of the Financial Meltdown?

Wednesday, July 29

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) -- Band-Aid or Competitive Weapon?

Guess, Solder, Measure, Repeat -- How Do I Get My Mixed-Signal Chip Right?

Oil Fields, Hedge Funds and Drugs

Thursday, July 30

From Milliwatts to Megawatts: The System-Level Power Challenge

The Wild West: Conquest of Complex Hardware-Dependent Software Design

DAC Pavilion Panels

New to the DAC Pavilion this year is the first-ever “Community-Driven” panel, where the DAC community chooses the topic. Members of the DAC community are invited to check out four proposed topics and vote here for their favorite topic by May 31. The topic receiving the most votes will be presented in the DAC Pavilion on Wednesday, July 29, 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Eighteen other panels will be held throughout the week in the DAC Pavilion (Booth #1928). They are:

Monday, July 27

Gary Smith on EDA: Trends and What’s Hot at DAC.

The EDA Heritage Series: Doug Fairbairn’s Industry Retrospective

Hogan’s Heroes: The Long Road to System-Level Sign-Off

IP at Risk: Protecting the Company Jewels

A Conversation with the 2009 Marie R. Pistilli Award Winner

DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Awards Presentation

Tuesday, July 28

Fighting Piracy on the High Seas: Offense Versus Defense

Low Power: Consumer Electronics’ Catch-22

A Town Hall Meeting: Can We Afford for Start-Ups to Wind Down?

Will Interoperable Process Design Kits (PDKs) Fly in a Stodgy Analog World?

Embedded Multi-Core: Multi-Opportunities, Multi-Challenges

EDA Ecosystem: In Sync or Out of Touch?

Wednesday, July 29

Electronics Going Green: Future or Futile?

Seeking the Holy Grail of Verification Coverage Closure

The AMS Revival: Bipolar Thinking?

Tweet, Blog or News: How Do I Stay Current?

Reuse in an Enterprise: Myth or Reality?

Thursday, July 30

You Don’t Know Jack -- High Schoolers Tell You What’s Up With Technology

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its Exhibition and Suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, IP and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In addition, the conference is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), IEEE's Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA), Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), and Computer Aided Network Design (CANDE). More details are available at: www.dac.com.

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