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As the third quarter of 2007 ensues, we have seen tremendous activity in our industry with recent company mergers and technology developments—even in "mainstream" RTL-to-layout flows. System-level design, especially on the software side, is becoming clearer, as smaller multicore software development companies are absorbed into other non-EDA adjacent sectors. The software development problem and its huge development community have finally entered, in full swing, the triad of major design challenges, adding to power consumption and manufacturability. Domain specificity is also coming to the forefront, a phenomenon likely related to the software-based product trend. This fact can be observed in recent conference programs and rosters, including the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE) and the Design Automation Conference (DAC).

DATC is expanding its conference and publication activities by providing an increasing amount of relevant content. Our newsletter, in full working mode, contains relevant summaries of key recent DATC-related conferences written by our fellow chairs and committee members. Our collaboration with and insertion in the broader IEEE community continues, with participation in the exploration and development of a China-focused chip design certification program with our parent council. Finally, our Web presence improves every day. Please visit the DATC committee page for the latest on our activities, organization, and status.

As DATC increases its level of public activity, we have been able to celebrate and notice a few items during DAC and the adjacent International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education (MSE). For the first time, DATC sponsored the MSE conference—with great success. As globalization and collaborative system design explode worldwide, system design education is becoming ever more critical. This sponsorship will continue in future years. DATC also started a first-time collaboration with its sister ACM organization, SIGDA, by being participating in its DAC booth. In future conferences, such as the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), DATC plans to include first-time educational sessions in this important field.

Juan-Antonio Carballo

DATC chair


Gary Smith and Juan-Antonio Carballo have done a beautiful job of putting together a full DATC Newsletter. What we publish here in IEEE Design & Test is meant to stimulate your appetite for more robust news of the Design Automation Technical Committee in the full newsletter. You can view the Third Quarter Newsletter in its entirety at

Joe Damore



15th Annual IFIP International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC 07)

15–17 October 2007


IP Based Electronic System Conference (IP 07)

Design and Reuse 10th Anniversary: A 10 Years IP Retrospective

5–6 December 2007

Grenoble, France

9th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED 08)

17–19 March 2008

San Jose, California

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