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Is Your Grass The Greenest?

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Is Your Grass The Greenest? 16 (Cost-Effective) Ways To Grow A Company Culture That Helps You Keep Your Keepers.
In today's highly competitive business world, your employees have a lot of options. KEYGroup's Joanne Sujansky shares some innovative ideas on how to keep them from seeking greener pastures—without breaking the bank.

Specification vs. Modeling: The Real Language Question

Simon Napper, CEO, Synfora, Inc.

A look at the 2006 EDAC numbers reveals some interesting results

The EDAC Market Statistics Survey (MSS) data for PCB reflect interesting trends. Starting in Q4 1999, and extending through the second quarter of 2001, PCB tool licenses and maintenance revenues jumped as the board industry entered a major tool replacement cycle. During this period, board manufacturers found that the previous generation of tools were incapable of meeting the requirements of the latest generation semiconductor processes.

DASC approves low power format PAR -- IEEE IP protection -- Magma exits the Si2 Low Power Coalition.

Venice, Florida — Victor Berman, Chair of the IEEE Design Automation Standard Committee (DASC) and President and CEO of Improv Systems, has announced that the membership of the DASC has approved the Project Authorization Request (PAR) to develop a low power format standard for use by the EDA industry. The DASC, as a standard development body, operates under the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). The favorable vote clears the way for the Low-Power study group to form a Working Group and develop a standard once the IEEE-SA New Standards Committee (NesCom) approves the PAR.

Changing signaling types solves problems

March 12, 2007—UC Berkeley— In an invited talk at the International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, James Kajiya from Microsoft Research talked about "Signaling with conserved Quantities: Two Realizations in CMOS and Superconducting Flux Quantum Logic".

Next generation analog design

February 12, 2007—San Francisco—The International Solid State Circuits Conference started with a plenary talk from Lewis Counts, vice president of Analog Devices. His talk titled "Analog and mixed signal innovation: the process-circuit-system-application interaction", looked at some of the trends in analog design.

Farm labor not involved here

The Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) received some criticism over the last twelve months from Michael Santarini, a journalist who has covered the EDA industry for some years first for CMP ( the publisher of EDA DesignLine and many other industry publications both in print and electronic form), and lately for EDN. Mr.

Advanced Techniques and Standards Lead the Way at DVCon

Having been a long-time DVCon attendee (even back in the “HDLCon” days) and presenter even before becoming the Technical Program Chair, I continue to be impressed with how the technical papers so accurately reflect the current state-of-the-art, and future trends, of the design and verification industry. Now, some may argue that this is a bit of a “chicken-and-egg” situation, but I’ve always believed that the major value of a conference like DVCon is the unique opportunity it affords for engineers to learn from each other about emerging techniques and new technologies.

Design for manufacturing issues: Why dFM?

Today's tools in the design for manufacturing space are essentially set up to perform post layout processing on the physical design implementation. This results in a more robust preparation of a layout for manufacturing, but does not really include much in the way of design involvement. In terms of data, the flow is backwards from manufacturing to physical implementation and doesn't get as far as the designer. The DFM mostly involves modification of the design to encompass manufacturing and yield issues.

After Mentor released Calibre nm, I asked where's the D in DFM.

Symmetry and IC design

I am a fan of Richard Feynman. When I was a freshman at Caltech in 1964 he gave a couple of lectures to our physics class. At the time I was both too young and too naïve to appreciate the privilege I was given: it was just another class in a subject I was particularly interested in. I left Caltech the following year, victim of my immaturity, but as the years passed, I rediscovered my interest in physics. I still have my well-worn copy of "The Feynman Lectures on PHYSICS" Volume I and, through the years, I have built a library of books written by him or about him.

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