Arteris Articles

DAC Is Dead? Long Live DAC!

I have long decried the declining attendance at the ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC), especially in regard to this trend’s adverse effect on continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities for our industry’s engineers. (See my May 2011 article, “The Trouble With Tradeshows, for more.) In fact, for those of you who know me personally, I have sometimes quite cynically referred to DAC as our, “EDA high school reunion,” implying that little business is conducted there and that DAC is simply an annual opportunity for us to see who from our past got fat, bald, and/or divorced. (I’m 2 out of 3 in that list. E-mail me if you know which and I will buy you a beer.)

Topics: semiconductor industry DAC EDAC trade shows

How to solve the "Too Much Semiconductor IP" problem? More IP!

When discussing system-on-chip (SoC) design with my semiconductor design and software development peers, the conversation eventually gets around to the problem of, “There’s just too much IP!” The feelings I hear border on exasperation at the problem of integrating IP on today’s large SoCs. Engineers who were once paid to write lines of Verilog or C code from scratch are now spending much of their time tying together commercial hardware IP and the associated software. Their jobs have changed, and they’ve had to acquire new skills and new tools to be successful.

Topics: System-on-Chip semiconductor IP interconnect fabric intellectual property