I would like to begin by wishing all of you Happy Holidays. May you find peace within yourself, within your family, and on this small, yet so complex, planet we call home.
We have three interesting articles this month. The newest member of our editorial staff, Ed Sperling, writes about the opportunities and obstacles presented to EDA vendors by the wireless segment of the market. I must confess that some of what he writes comes as a surprise to me, and yet I am supposed to be up to speed on EDA!
The second article is a profile of Yervant Zorian by Peggy Aycinena. As you will discover, Yervant is a ball of energy and creativity, yet he manages to keep a low profile and is one of the most approachable VIPs I have had the pleasure of working with. After reading the article I know the reason why I never got to just sit down, have a drink, and waste half an hour with Yervant.
This month Robert Gardner, executive director of the EDA Consortium, is the author of a Viewpoint that addresses the changing landscape of communications as the electronic media outlets assume dominance over their print counterpart. Established communication companies struggle with the change, at times confusing their constituencies. New organizations come into being and experiment in community building on the Web. Change, even good change, is always disruptive.
All of the proposals for the various DAC Program events are now in, and you can read the latest news about the 2008 conference in the DAC News section. Judging by the numbers, we are assured of an interesting 2008 DAC.
DACeZine Editor Wins Meritorious Service Award
by Karen Bartleson
Director of Interoperability and University Programs
By Dennis Brophy
Director of Strategic Business Development
DAC’s New Initiatives Chair
DACeZine Editor-in-Chief, Gabe Moretti, was honored recently with the Ron Waxman Design Automation Standards Committee (DASC) Meritorious Service Award from IEEE, the first recipient of this yearly honor.
The award recognizes commendable accomplishments by DASC members, and Moretti’s contributions exemplify the spirit that we’d like to recognize and encourage in serving DASC. He helped move DASC beyond its original VHDL-only focus, making it an organization for EDA standards with a wider and more compelling scope. By teaming with others, and being willing to set and enforce higher standards, Moretti has helped DASC to do much more than it would have without his encouragements.
As an early DASC pioneer, Moretti has delivered a high level of service over many years. Among other activities, he was a contributor to VHDL 1076 and Verilog 1364, chair of both the VHDL logic package 1164 and the OMI Modeling standard working groups. He actively promoted corporate standards helping bring the DASC to a new level; this had the effect of greatly rejuvenating the DASC.
DASC is responsible for the standardization of Design Automation related standards in the IEEE Standards Association. This award is named for Ron Waxman, a founder of DASC, in recognition of his many years of leadership and service to IEEE and international standards.