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It's not strictly true that it is another year of CadenceLIVE since we called the event CDNLive in the past. But it's time for my annual preview of the season of CadenceLIVE events around the world. It is primarily a conference for users of Cadence to present to other users. Yes, there are some presentations by Cadence people but mostly roadmap and futures.
Here is the calendar for this year. Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CadenceLIVE Silicon Valley has been moved to later in the year, and CadenceLIVE Europe has been canceled.
CadenceLIVE Silicon Valley, Now July 7-8. The call for presentations has closed. It will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center as usual. NOTE: The original date was April 7-8. If you are a presenter, there is a totally new set of deadlines.
CadenceLIVE Europe, Canceled. Stay tuned for what we'll be doing instead.
CadenceLIVE India, August 4 in Bangalore/Bengaluru. In the past, the India event took place on two days, covering different topics each day so nobody had to come twice. The reason we did it that way was that the hotel couldn't take everyone at once. So we've moved. This year it will be at the Sheraton Whitefield Hotel and Conference Center, and everything will be on a single day.
CadenceLIVE China, August 25, Shanghai. In the Kerry Hotel as usual (despite the Cadence office no longer being in the same building).
CadenceLIVE Taiwan, August 27, Hsinchu. In the Sheraton as usual.
CadenceLIVE Japan, October 23, Yokohama. Normally this event would take place earlier in the summer, but the Olympics are in Tokyo this year so we didn't try and compete.
CadenceLIVE Israel, November 3, Tel Aviv. In the Intercontinental on the beach as usual.
More details about CadenceLIVE events will become available as the year progresses on the CadenceLIVE page on our website. Of course, it goes without saying that there is a possibility that these plans will be forced to change again.
If you've never been to a CadenceLIVE event, then join the club. Nobody has. So I'll talk about how CDNLive events were structured in past years.
The day starts with breakfast and registration.
There are typically two or three keynotes. One by a Cadence executive that is business and strategy focused, one by a Cadence executive more focused on technology, and one by a customer. These typically take place in the late morning. For the rest of the day (including the couple of hours before the keynotes), there are parallel sessions, perhaps 8 to 10 of them, focused on specific technology areas. For the two-day events (Silicon Valley and Europe), the second day consists of more of the parallel sessions.
To give you an idea of what the tracks might consist of, here are the tracks from one CDNLive last year. Note that they will be something like this but not precisely the same:
AcademicAutomotive and IPCustom IC Design and VerificationFull-Flow Digital and SignoffMixed Signal and Advanced MethodologiesSoC Design and VerificationMuti-Fabric Design and AnalysisMCAD-ECADPCB Design and AnalysisSignal and Power Integrity Analysis
In the middle of day, lunch is provided. Of course, the type of lunch varies significantly depending on the country! I like Japanese bento boxes.
During lunch and coffee/tea breaks, there is an expo with booths from Cadence's partners (and Cadence ourselves, of course). Somewhere around there last year, and it should be the same this year, you will find me giving away free copies of this year's Year of Breakfasts. I wrote more about this year's book in my post Another Year, Another Book of Breakfast Bytes. Come by and pick up a signed copy, and get automatically signed up for Sunday Brunch. But you don't have to wait, you can just click on "sign me up" at the end of this post.
At the end of the day, there are awards for best presentations on the various tracks, a raffle among the leaders on the mobile app, and perhaps some food and drink.
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