DATE Delivers Europe's Most Comprehensive System Design Event

1/25/2005 - DATE, Europe's premier conference and exhibition for Electronic Design, Automation and Test, will offer delegates and visitors the broadest-ever range of information to system designers. DATE takes place at the Munich Messe from March 8. DATE has become the pre-eminent European conference addressing research and development activities in the field of design technology and is more and more moving to a system design event focusing on common platform challenges for embedded systems.

The event programme – available at - features over 400 presentations. There are 234 technical conference presentations, selected from a record submission of 825 in seven parallel conference tracks and Interactive Presentations. Other presentations take place in the Executive Track, the pre-conference Tutorials on Monday, the Workshop sessions on Friday, March 11th and a free-access Exhibition Theatre on the show floor. A new feature of DATE this year is a complete three-day track of submitted papers on Embedded Software. Other highlights include Keynote presentations on the Challenges of the Nanometer Era; Special Days devoted to Automotive System Design and to Biochips; an Executive Track, now in its second year; a PCB Symposium; and a strengthened Designers Forum.

Keynotes Address Possibilities and Challenges of Nanometer Technology
Keynote presentations in the opening plenary session at DATE are:

Focus on Automotive Systems Design and Biochips
The special day on Automotive System Design, chaired by Jürgen Bortolazzi of DaimlerChrysler AG combines special sessions and technical papers that present both challenges and solutions in the design of automotive EE architectures and system design process. Presentations will address:

The special day on Automotive System Design takes place on Wednesday, March 9th.

The special day on Biochips, chaired by Christian Paulus of Infineon Technologies offers an introduction to this emerging topic and the latest technical information about biochips in general and the requirements for their design and test in particular. Talks will be from invited experts who will address technical aspects of design and test but also the economic and medical potential of biochips. There will be a selection of technical papers presenting the latest results of current research activities. The special day on Biochips takes place on Thursday, March 10th.

Executive Track Assembles Senior Executives from Leading IC and EDA Players
Launched at last year’s DATE, the Executive Track offers four sessions devoted to hot topics of interest to managers, industry analysts and press, presented by senior corporate officers of EDA, Test and Semiconductor companies: System to Silicon: Pushing the Boundaries of EDA; Nanometer Fabrication: Solutions and their Impact; Design for Manufacturability: Moving to 90nm and Below; and Opportunities in the Electronic System-Level Design Era. The Executive Track takes place on Tuesday, March 8th.

PCB Symposium: Industrial Trends for System Design
The PCB Symposium on Thursday, March 10th is entitled: "Industrial Trends for System Design." There is a keynote address from Marco Orriëns of Philips Consumer Electronics on "Global Collaboration, capabilities and practical limitations" and the remainder of the full day programme is composed of user experiences related to FPGA / PCB Interfaces and Integration, PLM, improving hardware design productivity, and using IBIS models.

In addition to the oral presentations in the conference DATE hosts 64 papers as interactive presentations - a new format started at DATE 04 to present novel ideas of "ongoing work" of high quality.

Exhibition Features Market Leaders Plus Many Startups and European Specilaists
The DATE 05 exhibition hall features over 100 companies including all market-leading EDA tool vendors: Ansoft, Cadence Design Systems, Coware, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics, Nassda, Synopsys, Synplicity, TransEDA, Verisity Design and Virage Logic. DATE 05 features leading providers of ASIC, semiconductor IP and microprocessor core technologies: ARM, IBM, NEC Electronics and Tensilica.

The exhibition also features new startups and European specialist players such as Cologne Chip, Dataram, edXact, EVE, inSilica, Prosilog, Mirabilis Design, Recardis, Relay Testing Services, and Thomatronik. The star visitor attraction is the Exhibition Theatre, which hosts a full 3-day programme of discussion panels on business-related topics. A special highlight will be a panel on the implications of merger and acquisition activities in the EDA industry from the perspective of analysts at leading venture capital investment houses, among them 3i and Adams, Harkness & Hill.

For a full-searchable event programme and on-line registration go to

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