Low power design methods and tools; NEW this year: a special track for tool users and designers at DAC; Andrew Kahng on the future of EDA; and more
Low-power design tools and techniques are firmly established in the core of design methodologies today, as the demand for portable and even wearable devices now constitutes a significant percentage of all chip designs. Add to this the increasing financial and environmental demands for lower power consumption and one can certainly understand the important place that the subject of low-power design occupies in our industry.
This issue offers a contributed article from Magma Design Automation on techniques used to lower power consumption when using microprocessors, such as those from ARM, in system design. Marc Swinnen, Director of Product Marketing at Azuro offers a viewpoint of the choices engineers have in predicting circuit activity and its impact on power consumption. A separate article lists the large number of exhibitors who offer tools related to power issues at the just-concluded DAC.
Also in this issue, a perspective from Geoffrey James covers the internal contributions of EDA vendors to building a greener industry. It is not just a matter of serving the needs of their customers: it is a matter of being good citizens of the planet and saving money at the same time.
This issue also contains Part 2 of the interview Peggy Aycinena held with Andrew Kahng, general chair of the upcoming DAC in San Francisco. And while I am on the subject of the upcoming conference, read about the new User Track, a brand new element to DAC, specifically aimed at designers and tool users, that will provide attendees with the opportunity to present and discuss their experiences in innovative tool use, or in overcoming the challenges of using existing tools.
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