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As 2008 moves along, we are seeing more incremental changes in the EDA landscape. For example, Synopsys acquired Synplicity, underscoring the need for top-quality FPGA software in a market where traditional ASICs are increasingly squeezed due to unsustainable nonrecurring engineering costs. This acquisition is yet another example of a paradox involving the system-level (prototyping) sector: on the one hand, underscoring its importance; on the other hand, confirming that independent companies are difficult to keep in this space. The Electronic Design Processes Workshop, DATC's flagship workshop (held every April in Monterey, California), examines this and many other critical trends in our industry. Topics this year included system portable devices, design for manufacturing, and venture capital innovation. There was also a discussion about a DATC initiative to renew and provide information about IEEE design standards processes, and a comprehensive report on this topic is planned for this year's Design Automation Conference.

In the mean time, DATC has continued its activities with its multiple tracks, including our editorial, educational, and event initiatives. The DATC newsletter continues to drive readership with summaries of emerging conferences, initiatives, and unique educational articles. Our workshops on globalization and system-level design will continue around the world in 2008. And our efforts supporting the IEEE chip design certification initiative with the Council on Electronic Design Automation is moving forward, with meetings at the IEEE executive level.

We have also begun discussing an online forum competition initiative to collectively describe and solve an industry chip design problem. This competition is described in a detailed proposal, which will soon move forward for potential approval.

Please continue to send us suggestions and offers for contributions, as we continue our DATC endeavor. Thank you.

Juan-Antonio Carballo

DATC Chair


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19th International Conference on Systems Engineering (ICSEng 08)

19-21 August 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada

21st Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems Design (SBCCI 08)

1-4 September 2008

Gramado, Brazil

Forum on Specification & Design Languages (FDL 08)

23-25 September 2008

Stuttgart, Germany

11th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD 08)

3-5 September 2008

Parma, Italy

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