Si2 University Partner Network Helps Launch EDA Career

It didn’t take long for Sushmitha Moturi to successfully leverage her volunteer experience in the Si2 University Partner Network. After earning a graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Florida, Sushmitha joined Qualcomm as an embedded software stability engineer. She credits the next network and its industry mentors for helping launch her EDA career.

“Volunteering with Si2 was a great experience and certainly helped me in my job search,” Sushmitha said. “My focus with Si2 was testing the OpenAccess Track Pattern Extension. That helped me hone my programming and debugging skills, which are essential in my job at Qualcomm.  I also learned a lot from my Si2 mentors, who were professionals in the field.”

Si2 is the industry’s most experienced, federally registered, research and development joint venture for the collaborative development of standard, interoperable, EDA software. The Si2 University Partner Network connects qualified engineering student-partners to their future employers in a program that offers real-world, electronic design automation job experience. Partners strengthen their resumes and broaden their network with prospective  employers, while employers identify and work with prospective employees.

The network is currently accepted applications for new partners.  For complete information visit http://www.si2.org/si2-eda-university-partner-network/

David Lin Joins Si2 University Partner Network

Sheng-En David Lin, a Phd candidate in Electrical Engineering at Washington State University, has been accepted into the Si2 University Partner Network. His work for Si2 will help validate portions of a new Power Modeling standard which is being contributed to the IEEE P2416 Working Group.  This standard is aimed at system level IP blocks and will serve power data to IEEE 1801 power state models.

David’s research interests include modeling for VLSI circuits and systems and algorithms for VLSI CAD automation, with current focus on physical design methodologies of multi-tier gate-level monolithic 3-D ICs.

The Si2 University Partner Network connects qualified engineering student-partners to their future employers in a program that offers real-world, electronic design automation job experience. Partners strengthen their resumes and broaden their network with prospective employers, while employers identify and work with prospective employees. For more information click here.

MediaTek Joins Si2 OpenAccess Coalition

Si2 welcomes MediaTek Inc. as the newest member of the OpenAccess Coalition. The OpenAccess Database is the world’s most widely used, open reference database for IC design, with a supporting standard API.  It was developed to create authentic interoperability between EDA companies and semiconductor designers and manufacturers. Its adoption has improved design flow efficiency across the industry.

MediaTek (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables 1.5 billion connected devices a year. They are a market leader in developing innovative systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products.

Si2 oaScript Symposium: Scripting Made Easy

Si2 oaScript Symposium:
Scripting Made Easy

DAC 2017
Austin Convention Center, Room 7
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Can you easily write new applications for your users?
    We’ll show you how.
  • Can you easily integrate script tools into your applications?
    We’ll show you how.
  • Do your applications have a fast-track learning system?
    We’ll show you ours.

Join us at DAC 2017 to learn how EDA engineers, product developers and designers are more productive using oaScript.

Click here for details

System level co-design of chip, package and PCB using native design databases in a unified 3D cockpit

Author:  James Church

Today’s advanced packaging design requires low layer count and high pin density to satisfy the cost pressures facing the electronics industry. By leveraging the native design formats, rules and technologies of each substrate designers can achieve a cohesive, optimized and properly constrained product.

Combining the OpenAccess IC layout database and Zuken’s own Package/PCB database format into a single hierarchically linked 3D system, enables system level optimization and visualization for a top-down or bottom-up flow that is not achievable in discrete point tools.

This paper was voted “Best Paper” by an audience survey taken after every presentation.

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EDA Scripting Unleashed (Voted-Best-Paper)

Author:  James Masters, Intel

In many traditional design flows, high-performance robust EDA capabilities are limited to formal EDA tools. Design Automation (DA) engineers build additional project-specific capabilities either by using an EDA tool’s proprietary scripting API or by creating a standalone lightweight script that relies upon translation of design data into other formats. This results in extra runtime overhead, additional possible points of failure, and a burden of working with lossy design data formats.

With the advent of oaScript, DA engineers can quickly write scripts that directly read and write OpenAccess (OA) data using one of their favorite scripting languages – Perl, Python, Ruby, or Tcl. Also, a new OA extension is now available which provides high-speed layer manipulation and boolean operations directly within an oaScript – called “oaxPop” (OA eXtension Polygon Operators).

The combination of oaScript with oaxPop enables a DA engineer to write high-performance robust EDA capabilities without the overhead of using a formal EDA tool. This presentation will demonstrate how oaScript and oaxPop have been used together to create real-life applications that are used in a production design flow.

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BIO:

James Masterjames_master_1000x1000s graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis on computer programming. He has worked at Intel Corporation for 20 years in various full-custom design implementation roles.

James is currently managing a team focused on improving custom layout productivity for Intel’s advanced process technologies. James is an advocate of open standards that help streamline the design flow and maximize productivity and reuse.

Outside of work James enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, etc.