Big DAC Attack

OK … I’m registered to go to DAC for at least one day, maybe two. I’ll definitely be there on Tuesday and probably Wednesday evening for a Blogging “Birds-of-a-Feather” session that JL Gray is setting up. Besides hitting the forums and other activities, I’ll have about half a day to attack the exhibit floor or the “suites” to look at some new technology. If you want to meet up, drop me an email and we can arrange something.

Cadence won’t be there and I already talk to Synopsys and Mentor on a regular basis, so I’m planning on focusing on smaller companies with new technology. Here’s what’s on my list so far…

Nusym - They have some new “Path Tracing” technology that finds correlations between a constrained random testbench and hard-to-hit functional coverage points. With this knowledge, they claim to be able to modify the constraints to guide the simulation to hit the coverage points. The main benefit is in getting that last few % of functional coverage that can be difficult with unguided constrained random patterns.

Chip Estimate - Having been around for a few years and recently bought by Cadence, they are basically a portal where you can access 3rd party IP and use the information to do a rough chip floorplan. This allows you to estimate area, power, yield, etc. I’m real curious as to their business model and why Cadence bought them. At a minimum, it should be entertaining to see the hyper-competitive IP vendors present back-to-back at half hour intervals on the DAC floor.

I have a few others on my list, but there are so many small companies that it’s hard to go thru them all and decide what to see. That’s where I need your help.

What would you recommend seeing and why?

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3 Responses to “Big DAC Attack”

  1. Tom Diederich Says:

    Hi Harry. Good post!

    Say, I work at Cadence (I manage the users community) and wanted to offer a clarification. We will indeed be at DAC this year, we just won’t have a booth.

    Here’s a link to our Web site that lists some of the stuff we’ll be involved in:

    http://www.cadence.com/company/newsroom/features/feature.aspx?xml=DAC2008&DCMP=BAC-080512dac

    Also, the folks from ChipEstimate.com — which, as you noted, Cadence recently acquired — will be there at booth 2358. Stop by and say hello! :)

  2. harry the ASIC guy Says:

    Hi Tom,

    My apologies and thanks for the clarification. I had meant that there would be no exhibit. As I said, I’ll definitely stop by the ChipEstimate booth.

    Since you manage the users community, perhaps you’d like to share what Cadence is doing in that regards, forums, blogs, etc. I think people would be interested.

  3. Tom Diederich Says:

    Hi Harry,

    I’m very much the new guy at Cadence — been here just shy of two months. So still getting my sea legs. However, I’ll have something to report in a few weeks on that front. Stay tuned!

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