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    by Published on 06-05-2014 02:00 PM
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    When people ask which DAC is the most memorable I used to say my first because I was a new college grad and it really was exciting. The next DAC was memorable since it was in Las Vegas and my beautiful wife joined me. This year was DAC number 30 for me and of course it will be the most memorable since I signed hundreds of copies of “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry ...
    by Published on 06-05-2014 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events

    I always enjoy attending the SystemC User group to see what is being done by users of SystemC. This time was no exception. Not only is it FREE, but the professional networking around the meeting, presentations, and break times are terrific.

    There were 5 paper presentations at the North American SystemC User Group (NASCUG) on Monday, including an Accellera standards update
    by Published on 06-05-2014 07:56 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. STMicroelectronics,
    4. Events

    So what was the overall theme of DAC this year? Usually there seems to be some trend that is hot. A few years ago it was power, then more recently all the stuff associated with 20nm and 16nm such as FinFETs and double patterning. Those things are still around, of course, and there are new generations of tools.

    One theme is that more design is being done at the system level than ...
    by Published on 06-02-2014 01:29 AM
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    2. General

    You are visiting San Francisco and you have dutifully read your guide book. Let me give you some contrarian advice.

    See the Golden Gate Bridge. The best way is not to drive there or get a taxi, but to rent a bicycle (lots of places on that side of the city, try Googling “blazing saddles”) and cycle across the bridge. You can then go down the hill into Sausalito. ...
    by Published on 06-01-2014 07:27 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design

    Gary Smith once again wore his signature white coat and extolled the virtues of system level design and automation. The room at the Intercontinental was packed, and the folks in the hallway outside were noisy as usual, eager for the party to start after Gary finished.

    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:28 PM
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    2. General

    Every year, Mary Meeker produces a huge presentation (140 slides) on important trends in the internet. This year's came out at the end of last week. It is well worth the time it takes to go through it. Here is the first slide, effectively the table of contents:

    1. Key Internet Trends
    2. Status Update: Tech Stocks / Education / Healthcare
    3. Re-Imagining Continues
    4. Screen + Video
    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:00 PM
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    2. General

    Mind you, this post is being written by the same guy who wrote 8 Reasons Why I Hate My iPhone 5. I've been living with the Samsung S4 for about a year, and am ready to return to the Apple fold. It's partially that too many, or perhaps the wrong apps running on my phone cause big problems. This manifests ...
    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:30 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon

    eSilicon will be providing books for the first 300 people to attend the Tuesday night networking reception sponsored by SemiWiki. To avoid confusion they will be giving out BOOK COUPONS when you arrive to be redeemed when the event starts so grab a coupon, enjoy the food and drinks! I can assure you this will be the ultimate networking event so get there early and get a book. Paul McLellan and I will be available to sign books if you'd like.

    We have no idea how many people will attend the reception so if you REALLY want a book ...
    by Published on 05-31-2014 06:55 AM

    You are going to DAC next week. And you don't want to eat a Moscone Center rubber chicken Caesar salad for lunch. But you lack local knowledge. So here are some places within a 10 minute walk (these are just places I like. Nobody is paying me to recommend them).

    The food court in the San Francisco Center on Market Street between 4th and 5th Street. This is to normal ...
    by Published on 05-31-2014 01:03 AM
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    2. Events

    DAC starts on Sunday. If you are in San Francisco on Sunday then the first event is the normal welcome reception. This is the ultimate networking event in EDA. It is in the Intercontinental Hotel about a block from the convention center and runs from 5.30 to 7pm. This is preceded by Gary Smith's traditional kickoff from 5pm to 5.30pm. If you miss it on Sunday it is repeated ...

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