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EDA Tech discusses new technologies

Posted: 29 Aug 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:networking resource  electronics engineering community  design challenges  advanced system design 

The future of EDA is not merely about achieving the optimal balance between cost and the complexity, performance, and power requirements of new designs; it is also about changing focus from designing silicon structures to producing systems. This was more than evident at the EDA Tech Forum- India, a key technical and networking resource for the electronics engineering community held in Bangalore.

The tech forum gave the participants an opportunity to learn about international developments and achievements in EDA and identify the complete and practical solutions to tackle today's design challenges. The event provided a platform to exchange ideas and preview upcoming technologies in the areas of functional verification, analogue/mixed-signal IC design and DFM, system design, emerging technologies and electronic system level (ESL) design.

Co-organised by Mentor Graphics Sales & Services Pvt. Ltd and its business partners, CG-CoreEl Programmable Solutions Pvt. Ltd, the event saw technology sessions conducted by product and technical specialists from Mentor Graphics and partner companies. Henry Potts, VP & general manager, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics delivered the main keynote while Sandeep Bhatia, engineering director, BroadBand Eurasia Broadcom, India delivered the customer keynote.

"With EDA Tech Forum, our goal is to bring all members of the community together to share insights as well as tips and techniques for maximising their success," said Raghu Panicker, sales director, Mentor Graphics, India. "EDATF'07 is a tribute to the industry's ongoing desire to identify new ways to tackle today's tough design challenges," Panicker added.

Henry Potts in his keynote 'Innovation: Addressing the Needs of Advanced System Design' highlighted the use of innovative design methods in advanced PCB fabrication technologies to cut cycle time and reduce product costs. He also addressed the industry trends such as company and market globalisation, outsourcing and new manufacturing technologies within and outside the PCB space.

Sandeep Bhatia highlighted how India is poised to move ahead in the value chain from service- oriented industries to product-oriented services. He focused on some of the changes needed in the Indian IT landscape like the development of markets and the subsequent opportunities for innovation, as well as new technologies that are set to play a vital role in India's growth in the semiconductor sector.

"The event has helped us highlight the dramatic changes which have taken place in the R&D in the last few years," said Bhatia. "It has helped to create the awareness of the kinds of technology which should be utilised, the challenges of innovation and discovery and the approaches which should be taken to help India's future growth in the semiconductor space."

The event featured product specific demos from Mentor Graphics and its partners namely The Mathworks, Altera, ARM, Lattice semiconductor, Common Platform —IBM, Sun Microsystems, Polar and nSys.

Conceptualised as an Industry event in the year 2005, EDATF 2007 saw an attendance from over 2000 participants from more than 200 companies. The large turnout, along with two keynotes and 18 technology-specific sessions made the event the largest customer conference for Mentor Graphics so far in the year 2007.

Over next few days, EETimes-India will feature some of the upcoming trends, challenges and solutions in the EDA space, as discussed in the forum.

Dipti Agarwal
EE Times-India

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