Next week the EDA industry is getting together in San Francisco for Design Automation Conference 2014. As I pointed out in a recent blog called "Confessions of an ESL-Aholic", the scope of electronic system level (ESL) design has changed quite a bit over the last 15 years, but there is still a lot of promise, and a lot to come. The basic premise of my soberness on classic ESL is that the basic momentum upwards in abstraction continues—as indicated in my graph dated ca. 2001 below—raising the level of abstraction from transistors to gates to RTL and inevitably above RTL.
A tale of inevitability—Raising levels of abstraction (ca. 2001)
However, a lot of the decisions that 15 years ago I thought would be based on more abstract representations, today require even more accurate representations like RTL. In addition, matters of practicality lead a trend against fully complete models at the transaction-level, but instead drive hybrids of virtual platforms at the transaction-level combined with RTL either in simulation, emulation, or FPGA-based prototyping.
As we gather in San Francisco, we are joined by an increasing number of software developers. Software has simply become too important as part of the overall chip and system development, both in defining the actual functionality, as well as becoming a central part of the verification process. Because ARM is a key ecosystem partner for embedded software, I have summarized the ARM-related events in a blog on the ARM Community website.
My dance card for DAC is pretty full—as you can see below a list of system-development-related activities that my team and I have prepared for this DAC. ESL will be at the core again, but as I pointed out in my "confession" blog, there will be a lot more links to implementation. Before you jump to the table with all the links below, here are my highlights and thoughts:
And yes, I will try to sleep in on Thursday... See you at DAC 2014 in San Francisco.
Here comes the full list, sorted by time: