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DAC 2012: Mystical Confluence: ESL Hockey Stick and The Cup!

Posted: Thursday, June 7th, 2012 @ 1:45 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Another note from DAC 2012:  In Gary Smith’s Sunday night pre-DAC talk, he mentioned that in 2011, ESL tools took off – the famous Hockey Stick.  See his slide (courtesy of my friend Frank Schirrmeister): Could the long-awaited, long postponed arrival of the ESL Hockey Stick at the same time as the Stanley Cup Finals [...]

DAC 2012: The Return of the Platform (Again!)

Posted: Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I was at Gary Smith EDA’s pre-Dac Sunday evening talk in San Francisco Sunday June 3, 2012, and was interested to see him lead off with a discussion of what he calls “Multi-Platform Based Design”. This was especially interesting to me. It was 13 (Thirteen!) years ago, in 1999, that I co-wrote with several colleagues [...]

Whither Design in Europe?

Posted: Friday, March 23rd, 2012 @ 1:50 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Last week I was able to attend DATE 2012 in Dresden, Germany. I was in conversation with a colleague who asked me what I would like to see in DATE 2013 in Grenoble. One thing that occurred to me is that I use the opportunity when visiting a conference like DATE to find out as [...]

“Fight the Power!” – No, “Fight the Energy!”

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 @ 1:43 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For years I have observed a simple confusion between power and energy leading designers to jump to odd conceptions about design alternatives. Power consumption is expressed in units such as milliWatts (mW) consumed over some suitably short interval of time.  To quote our modern oracle, Wikipedia, In its technical sense, power is not at all [...]

Software-Defined Everything

Posted: Monday, September 19th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

This week I was invited to speak at an Intel-sponsored symposium at the Technion, Haifa, Israel. The theme of the symposium was “Challenges and Opportunites in System-Level Design and Verification” (see here for an outline of the symposium). I spoke on the theme “Software-Defined Everything: The impact on high-level design and validation”. There were several [...]

Catalypto or Calypult?

Posted: Saturday, August 27th, 2011 @ 7:01 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I was surprised yesterday morning – Friday August 26 – to read a John Cooley “intercept” indicating that Mentor Graphics had moved its Catapult C group over to Calypto in which they had also bought a major interest. Of course, this was a rumour, albeit grounded in inside information. Later that day the Reality-Based community [...]

Reflections on DAC 2011, June 5-9, San Diego

Posted: Sunday, June 12th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I returned from DAC 2011 Thursday evening, after being in San Diego since Saturday evening. Here are some observations: Attendance – I see that DAC has announced double digit attendance rises in all categories. This is something that I am terrible at estimating so I will take their word for it.  Anecdotally, I did attend [...]

“It’s a Schirrmeister!”

Posted: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 @ 12:58 am in Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of my favourite episodes of Seinfeld is the one with the tag line “It’s a Ziggy”.   (The episode is called “The Cartoon“).  In it, Elaine draws a cartoon for the New Yorker that gets accepted, but it turns out she has subconsciously copied the joke in the cartoon from the comic strip Ziggy. [...]

DAC 2011, June 5-10, San Diego: Personal Preview

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 @ 3:35 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am planning to be at DAC 2011 in San Diego in early June. I have several activities in which I will be participating: The CODES+ISSS 2011 technical programme committee meeting (part of ESWeek 2011 in October in Taiwan); chairing a Pavilion Panel; and giving a talk as part of the Embedded System and Software [...]

DATE 2011 Sumup

Posted: Sunday, March 20th, 2011 @ 11:15 am in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The big advantage of wifi and the internet is that when you are away from home base, you can be in constant touch. The big disadvantage of wifi and the internet is that when you are away from home base, you NEED to be in constant touch! Unfortunately, the number of work related things I [...]