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Next Tuesday through Thursday, January 28 to 30, DesignCon 2020 takes place in the Santa Clara Convention Center. it is actually their 25th anniversary. I think of DesignCon as being about everything other than chip design, but increasingly the focus is on very high-performance PCBs and associated signal integrity (SI). And, increasingly, advanced packaging.
On Tuesday, there are bootcamps and tutorials, but the exhibits are not open. There is a keynote at noon, The Future of Fiber Optic Communications: Datacenter and Mobile by Chris Cole of Luminous Computing. He will be covering technical developments that are increasingly driving the replacement of copper by fiber, silicon photonics, and potential future disruptive developments. All the keynotes are in the theater upstairs in the convention center.
On Wednesday, Warren Savage will give the keynote (it seems he is now at the University of Maryland, having sold IPextreme to Silvaco a few years ago) on Design for Security: The Next Frontier of Smart Silicon. Hackers, security, privacy, and other threats all require security to be designed in from the start and to build up from a silicon root-of-trust.
The Thursday keynote goes into space, with Zahir Ali of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) talking about Microchips in Space: How Device Design Enables Amazing Astronomy. He will be looking at electronics for observational astronomy, especially cutting-edge imaging.
The exhibits are open on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Cadence will be at booth 711 with our portfolio of tools and IP for design and analysis of advanced systems. In particular:
There is also a booth theater with presentations every half-hour on Wednesday and Thursday.
We are also running a special tutorial on Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in Ballroom A. Gilles Lamant of Cadence, James Pond of Lumerical, and Samir Chaudhry of TowerJazz will present Electronic/Photonic Design for 5G RF Applications (you need a two-day or all-access pass to attend this session and the ones below).
Cadence is giving several presentations on Wednesday and Thursday, too.
Cadence is also sponsoring a panel on Wednesday and sessions all day on Thursday. These are open to anyone (so an exhibit-only pass is fine).
Wednesday, 3:45pm - 5:00pm Ballroom D: Panel: Succeeding with Next-Generation AMI Models and Analysis (SiGuys, Cadence, Cisco, and MathWorks)
Thursday, all presentations in Mission City M1
For details of Cadence activities at DesignCon, see our DesignCon page.
For details on DesignCon in general, see the DesignCon website (including a link for registration). Or watch DesignCon's 30-second publicity video:
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