Here are a couple of videos of the Full Disclosure Blues Band. These were actually taken during rehearsal in the afternoon. The recordings of the live performances at the Denali party just had too much extraneous noise.
Full Disclosure are:
- Sonia Harrison
- Grant Pierce
- KT Moore
- Bob Gardner
- Takashi Yoshimori
- Gary Smith
- Dan MacMillen
Let the Healing Begin
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Aart de Geus gave one of the visionary look to the next 50 years of EDA during DAC in Austin last month. EDA is enabling the greatest push-pull ever, part of an exponential change on a scale never before seen.
Technologies seem to go through a 50 year technical push phase (driven by improving the technology) followed by a 50 year economic pull phase (driven by implementation and new ways of using the technology). For a couple of years Aart has been calling this Technomics.
The call for abstracts for DVCon are open and the deadline is August 27th. Full details, including a link for online submission, are here.
DVCon will be March 3-6th 2014 at the DoubleTree in San Jose. New for this year, the exhibits are on Monday as well as Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the Wednesday evening of DAC this year was the 50th Anniversary Awards dinner. Unfortunately I was unable to attend since I had booked my flight out that evening long before I heard about the awards dinner.
I’m not going to run through all the awards. There is a page listing them all on the DAC website here. However, over a period of 50 years there are some pretty long-lived achievements.
Firstly, the most persistent attendee award went to Pat Pistilli. He started the first DAC (although it was simply called SHARE, the Society to Help Avoid Redundant Effort) back then. Of course eventually, over 25 years ago, DAC became much bigger. So Pat founded MP Associates which has run the show (and others) ever since.
Five companies have been coming to DAC for over 25 years, pretty much since there was an exhibition as well as an academic conference. They are Cadence, Mentor, Springer, Synopsys and Tanner.
The opening keynote to this year's Semicon West was by Ajit Manocha, the CEO of GlobalFoundries entitled Foundry-driven Innovation In the Mobility Era. It is no secret that mobile applications, especially smartphones and tablets, are the most significant semiconductor market today. It is not just large, it is disruptive. In relatively short periods, companies like Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm have grown enormously, and the PC market, in particular Intel, is suffering and trying to create a successful mobile strategy (or perhaps foundry strategy). The cell-phone market is now bigger than the PC market and in three years should be bigger than the entire PC and tablet markets together at nearly $120B.
Mobile is characterized by short design cycles, a fanatical attention to low power. But the changing features such as bigger screens, higher data rates and thinner form factors make each generation an increasing challenge.