Here we go again, that wonderful time of year. No, not Christmas, DAC! Now is the time of year when all the EDA vendors are scurrying about finishing whatever it is they plan on doing at DAC. Since the business climate seems to be improving, it would be nice to see an increase in attendance. I like San Diego, I think it’s a great place to have DAC. Some think DAC is going the way of the Dodo, what with blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else seems more current. Is DAC pointless now? I say no. Sometimes you just gotta get out there and press the flesh. DAC is as much about person to person networking as it is about press releases and demos. DAC is a place to connect with people you might not regularly connect with in spite of all the opportunities to connect in cyberspace. It’s just more personal to greet an old colleague or sit in on a discussion and ask a direct question than it is to view something dry and anonymous on the web. Just my opinion, FWIW.
Make sure to attend some of the DFM sessions in the Mentor booth at DAC. There will be a daily 10 AM briefing “DFM State of the Art at 20nm” by Jean-Marie Brunet Monday-Wednesday. On Monday at 11:00 AM, there will be a panel discussion “DFM Goes Mainstream … Are You Ready?” The Tessent product group is presenting “A New Method to Accelerate the Yield Ramp” Monday at 3:00 PM and Tuesday at 2:00 PM. All of the Mentor booth sessions will offer some rich content you might be interested in, whether it’s 3D IC, Electrical Rule Checking (PERC), Calibre, or Olympus. See you there.