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From May 2 to May 4, Cadence once again hosted their hugely popular user conference CDNLive EMEA. The Academic Track, co-ordinated by the Cadence Academic Network, is a platform to share papers about advances in teaching methods and research techniques with Cadence tools, and was the recipient of great attention from both academia and industry.
The program committee, consisting of professors from the Cadence Academic Network Lead Institutions, selected 11 papers from European universities to be presented at the Academic Track. As well as these papers, we had a presentation from Domenico Zito of Tyndall National Institute, a new Lead Institution for the Academic Network, and a presentation from Emily van der Heijden of Europractice, who informed us about the latest additions of Cadence software to the Europractice software package.
The Monday session started with a presentation from Luca Mattii, who is working as Cadence employee at imec. He spoke about the role Cadence software is playing at 5-7nm nodes that imec are working on, and inevitably this attracted a full audience! Monday’s session was closed by Morgan Madec with his talk about the application of EDA in a biological contest, and this was later chosen as the winner of the Best Academic Paper award.
The Tuesday session started with a heated panel discussion moderated by Professor Holger Blume about how to attract high school graduates to study microelectronics. Some quite unorthodox solutions (e.g., renaming microelectronics studies into something more approachable, like “renewable energy studies”, or porting EDA software to other accessible devices) were discussed. As a giveaway for all attendees, Cadence Academic Network provided the Microchip-ABC book, which is a compendium about microelectronics aimed at high school pupils.
The session was closed with the presentation of the MEMS Design Contest, which was done by Cadence, X-FAB, and Coventor. On Wednesday, X-FAB and Coventor delivered a workshop where they provided deeper insights into the MEMS PDK as well as modelling MEMS using Coventor software.
Beside the Academic Track, the Academic Network had a booth for the first time. We were able to share both information about our work in academia, and information about open positions at Cadence. The traditional academic dinner for the Lead Institutions enabled a lively exchange amongst the attending professors and plans for future collaborations.
View the proceedings of the conference.
Comments on the Academic Track:
“I want to thank you again for the invitation to the panel discussion and great organized event. Congratulations to the whole team. The Microchip-ABC book has been shown to some pupils, and the feedback was very positive. The book provides an easy and great entrance into the topic of microelectronics.”- Gerold Bischof, HTL Rankweil, Austria
“It was a real pleasure to meet. Also, as I already said, CDNLive was extremely interesting. It was a great honour for me to be the programme chair of this event.”- Jaan Raik, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia