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As 2008 begins, we are happy to report that DATC has dramatically increased its level of activity and visibility over the past year. Our online newsletter was well received, and we are already getting a very large number of contributions. The online newsletter showcases pioneering DATC initiatives in the following ways:
First, it provides unique summaries of conferences beyond the well-established Western markets, from places such as Eastern Europe, which DATC is helping to bring into the IEEE family. Emerging-market conferences are growing far faster than conventional venues, and DATC is establishing collaborations with them early on.
Second, our online newsletter provides a first view into opinion articles before they appear in other venues, on emerging topics or those that straddle the technology-market border, such as system-level design and the impact of system globalization and chip design on the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. Emerging topics such as "the new global engineer" are covered by top experts such as our editorial chair, Gary Smith.
Third, the online newsletter summarizes our own series of meetings and tutorials on topics that are not well-covered in other venues. For example, we celebrated our annual meeting and first "Design for Globalization" tutorial at the IEEE/ACM International Conference of Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) on 8 November 2007 in San Jose, California (see http://www.iccad.com). The three-hour tutorial covered key topics in globalization and system-level design, plus featured actual demonstrations of virtual, remote system design tools by leading institutions.
Our collaboration with the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) is going strong. DATC is helping CEDA with a new certification program on chip design with an initial focus on China-clearly, another emerging geography. Finally, our Web site keeps improving by leaps and bounds, thanks mainly to our online chair, Joe Damore.
Please stay tuned for more details in our online newsletter. We look forward to another year full of even more growth and excitement.