DATE Receives Record Submissions for Electronic Systems Design Conference

11/28/2005 - DATE, Europe's premier conference and exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, has received all-time record submissions to the conference programme.

For the 2006 event, which takes place in Munich at ICM, from March 6th to 10th, 839 submissions were received for review to the over 350 members of the Technical Programme Committee, chaired by Prof. Donatella Sciuto (Politecnico di Milano, Italy).

The number of papers submitted has again increased over DATE 05 and is the highest number of papers ever submitted to an electronic design conference anywhere in the world. DATE is a truly international event, and it received submissions from the five continents and more than forty countries.

One of the main strengths of the conference is a wide but high quality coverage of design, design automation and test topics, from the system-level (including PCB and FPGA) to the integrated circuit level.

In addition, for the second year a special embedded software track is offered to allow for the increasing importance of software in embedded systems. Compared with previous years, submissions in design, test and embedded software have grown significantly, showing a clear trend toward a holistic view and a comprehensive system design focus.

Plenary keynote speakers invited by General Chair Prof. Georges Gielen (K.U.Leuven, Belgium) include René Penning de Vries, CTO of Philips Semiconductors, to talk about EDA challenges in the converging application world, and Walden Rhines, Chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and Chairman of the EDA Consortium, to speak about the sociology of design and EDA.

To address the needs of industry executives and system designers, in addition to a very strong scientific programme based on a record number of submissions which should attract over 1,000 researchers and practitioners from across the world, DATE 06 continues the tradition of an Executive Track and in addition it has launched a new initiative on System Design Records under the joint chairmanship of Prof. Giovanni De Micheli (EPFL Lausanne) and Dr. Ivo Bolsens (Xilinx, USA).

Their committee has selected 6 outstanding papers among the submissions received, that prove to reach a record in terms of performance, power management, size, innovation in applications or with respect to state of the art system designs. All this will be presented on Tuesday, March 7th.

DATE continues its tradition of grouping presentations and activities related to special themes on two specific focus days on March 8th and 9th respectively.

Special Focus Topics

4G Telecommunication Applications and Design
This Special Focus day is organized by Prof. Heinrich Meyr (RWTH Aachen) and Prof. Gerhard Fettweis (TU Dresden), very well known experts both in the telecommunications and semiconductor research fields. These two industries are inseparably linked.

On the one hand, more than 60% of the revenue of the semiconductor industry is attributed to communications and multimedia applications.

On the other hand wireless communications (and multimedia) applications demand ultra-high computational performance and therefore have become technology drivers for the semiconductor industry, demanding always the maximum possible.

The result is that wireless is the major source of innovation for new energy-efficient architectures and complex SoCs. In this special focus day the various issues involved in defining, designing, and deploying 4G are discussed.

Having been overly optimistic in deploying 3G/UMTS, the industry today has so far taken a very cautious approach towards 4G.

The single most important aspect of designing and, hopefully, successfully deploying 4G is its cross-disciplinary character, from semiconductors to services to deployment to business. Today it is being realized all the way up to the executive boards of wireless operators that efficient chip-sets are the key for a possible 4G success, where efficient is to be seen for instance in terms of power consumption, size, terminals/user equipment, cost, IPR licensing models.

This special 4G day focuses on one key aspect of 4G: the system-level design of complex SoCs for wireless (multimedia) applications.

Wireless Sensor Networks
Wireless sensor networks are a trend of the recent few years, and they involve deploying a large number of small low-cost nodes, which then sense environmental changes and report them to other nodes over a flexible network architecture. Sensor nodes are great for deployment in hostile environments or over large geographical areas, and they have been useful in different application domains such as environmental observation, military monitoring, building monitoring and healthcare.

Due to their small size they have many limitations. This special focus day, organized by Prof. Christian Enz (EPFL, Lausanne) and by Prof. Jan Rabaey (University of California, Berkeley), well known researchers in the field, focuses on the main issues involved in the design of such sensor networks, like the hardware platforms for sensor nodes addressing the resource limitation issues (for example: low power, limited memory, small size,...).

In addition, it discusses the power communication issues, the distributed data processing addressing new ways to handle data coming from many different sensors and fuse them into useful data, and finally reviews today’s applications and open research aspects.

Executive Track
Based on the success of previous years, DATE 06 will again host an Executive Track of presentations by company CEOs, CTOs, VPs and other senior executives from CAD vendors, IP suppliers, semiconductor and system houses. The Executive Track takes place on Tuesday, March 7th.

ICM, MESSE Munich, Germany
6 – 10 March 2006

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