42nd Design Automation Conference Student Design Contest Winners Announced; Conference Serves Important Role in Supporting Continuing Education.BOULDER, Colo. -- The 42nd Design Automation Conference (DAC See D/A converter and discretionary access control.
DAC - Digital to Analog Converter ), the electronic design automation (EDA) industry's premier event, has announced the winners of its annual Student Design Contest. Winners are selected in two categories: operational, in which a design is built and tested; and conceptual, for circuits designed and simulated only. Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. in Booth 2269 in the DAC Pavilion. First, second and third place winners in each category will share $15,000 in prize money provided by industrial sponsors and awarded at DAC. Winning submissions also are displayed as posters at the DAC University Booth on the exhibit floor and winners were also invited to present at a special poster session at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference International Solid-State Circuits Conference is a global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and Systems-on-a-Chip. The Conference offers a unique opportunity for engineers working at the cutting edge of IC design to maintain technical currency, and to (ISSCC ISSCC International Solid State Circuits Conference
ISSCC International Student Services Center Corporation Limited ) held in February 2005 in San Francisco.
The Student Design Contest is one of several programs DAC offers to promote continuing education. This year DAC has contributed more than $90,000 to help more than 275 students attend the conference through its Young Student Support, Speaker Support, Ph.D. Forum, University Booth and Design Automation Summer School programs. As a result, students from as far as South Africa and South America with an interest in EDA will be able to attend this premier industry event to learn more about the latest advancements in the field and share their own research.
The DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest promotes excellence in the design of electronic systems through competition between graduate and undergraduate students at universities and colleges worldwide. Student Design Contest was founded by the University of Utah's Kent Smith in 1981, and has been managed by DAC since 2000. In 2002, DAC began partnering with ISSCC to promote and manage the contest.
Operational Category Winners
This year's first place in the operational category, and best overall, was awarded to Imran Ahmed and David Johns of the University of Toronto Research at the University of Toronto has been responsible for the world's first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant, artificial pancreas, chemical laser, G-suit, the first practical electron microscope, the first cloning of T-cells, , Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Their design of an analog/digital converter (ADC (1) See A/D converter.
(2) (Apple Display Connector) A peripheral connector from Apple that combines digital video display, USB and power in one cable. ) offers flexibility for a variety of applications. Along with scalable power, reconfigurable bandwidth and multi-rate processing, the ADC design also enables unique power scaling at high sampling rates.
The second place winners in the operational category are Tung-Chien Chen, Yu-Wen Huang, Chen-Han Tsai, Ching-Yeh Chen, To-Wei Chen and Liang-Gee Chen of the National Taiwan University National Taiwan University (Traditional Chinese: 國立臺灣大學; Simplified Chinese: 国立台湾大学 , Taipei, Taiwan for their design of a single-chip encoder for HDTV applications. Based on the newest video coding standard, H.264, and utilizing 0.18 micron CMOS, the chip enables superior compression performance.
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Conceptual Category Winners
In the conceptual category the first place award was given to Petrus J. Venter and Saurabh Sinha of the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Their winning entry is a fractional-N frequency synthesizer for cellular systems, designed to minimize signal interference for better cell phone performance.
The second place winners in the conceptual category are Pui-In Mak and Rui P. Martins from the University of Macau The University of Macau, (Traditional Chinese: 澳門大學; Pinyin: ào mén dà xué; Portuguese: Universidade de Macau , Macau SAR (Segmentation And Reassembly) The protocol that converts data to cells for transmission over an ATM network. It is the lower part of the ATM Adaption Layer (AAL), which is responsible for the entire operation. See AAL.
SAR - segmentation and reassembly , China and Seng-Pan U of Chipidea Microelectronics (Macau) Ltd., Macau SAR, China. Their design of a wireless receiver IF to baseband chip in 0.35 micron CMOS format is IEEE 802.11 compliant and targets low-cost wireless Systems-in-Package (SiP) applications.
Hasan N. Atay, Burchan Bayazit and John W. Lockwood of Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. received the third place award in the conceptual category for their design of a collision detection system for robot applications. Using a field-programmable gate array (hardware) field-programmable gate array - (FPGA) A gate array where the logic network can be programmed into the device after its manufacture. An FPGA consists of an array of logic elements, either gates or lookup table RAMs, flip-flops and programmable interconnect wiring. (FPGA) implemented on the FPX platform, the system receives model input data based on the robot and random obstacles and then identifies collision-free paths for the robot.
Industry and Corporate Dedication to Continued Education
Each year, the successful tradition of the Student Design Contest is made possible by a group of industry and corporate sponsors. In addition to DAC and the ISSCC, this year's industry sponsors include the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA), the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society is a society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It is also known by the acronym IEEE CASS. In the hierarchy of IEEE, the Circuits and Systems Society is one of close to 40 technical societies organized under , the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC (SouRCe) Contrast with DST, which is an abbreviation of "destination." ). This year the corporate sponsors are Cadence Design Systems (company) Cadence Design Systems - A company that sells electronic design automation software and services.
See also Verilog. , Intel Corporation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys.
DAC Programs Supporting Continuing Education
The SIGDA/DAC University Booth Program provides an opportunity for the university community to demonstrate EDA tools, design projects and instructional materials at DAC. The University Booth also provides space for the presentation of EDA vendor literature and programs of interest to the university community. The SIGDA/DAC University Booth, organized and run by SIGDA volunteers, is sponsored by DAC and the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation, who together will contribute $42,000 in booth space, equipment and travel support. Additional information can be found online at http://www.sigda.org/programs/Ubooth/Ubooth2005.
The 2005 SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at DAC is one of the premier forums for Ph.D. students in design automation to get feedback on their research and for industry to see academic work in progress. A poster session hosted by SIGDA for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their dissertation research with people in the EDA community will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim Convention Center is a major convention center in Anaheim, California. It is located across from the Disneyland Resort on Katella Avenue. Much of the Anaheim Convention Center has been renovated in recent years with state-of-the-art facilities. in Room 204BC. Additional information can be found at http://www.sigda.org/daforum.
For those interested in the 2006 Student Design Contest, the call for entries will be posted on the DAC Web site in mid-October 2005. Past winners and more details are available online: http://www.dac.com/42nd/studcon.html. For more information on the Student Design Contest contact the Co-Chairmen, Professor Alan Mantooth (email@example.com) or David Greenhill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 42nd DAC will be held June 13-17, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. Advance online registration for the conference is open until Friday, June 10 at www.dac.com. Attendees can also register at the conference.
DAC is the annual event where the electronics design community meets for a week-long forum of information exchange on management practices, products, methodologies and processes. Attended by more than 10,500 developers, designers, researchers, managers and engineers from leading electronics companies and universities worldwide, it offers a robust technical program covering the industry's hottest trends. Its vibrant exhibit floor includes more than 235 companies, many of whom are startups just introducing their first products. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing (body) Association for Computing - (ACM, before 1997 - "Association for Computing Machinery") The largest and oldest international scientific and educational computer society in the industry. Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA), the Circuits and Systems Society and Computer Aided Network Design Technical Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Not to be confused with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE (pronounced as eye-triple-e (IEEE/CASS/CANDE) and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium). More details about DAC are found at: www.dac.com.