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.
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.
Quick and Easy Scripting Solutions for your IC Design Problems
Interrogate Design: This demonstration is based on a problem where someone used the wrong library book, and it was discovered late in the design process. With our scripting interface, it’s very easy to exchange two library books.
Si2 is launching Special Interest Groups for its OpenPDK and OpenAccess programs. Join us at the DAC 2017 organizational meeting, Monday, June 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Austin Convention Center, Room 7. For details visit http://www.si2.org/events/dac_sig_meeting/
Si2 oaScript Symposium:
Scripting Made Easy
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.
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.
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.
James Masters 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.
The OpenAccess Database is the world’s most widely used, open reference database for IC design, with a supporting standard C++ API. It is superb for developing a stand-alone design tool and can also provide interoperability between EDA tools from different companies. The API is available in scripting languages through our extensions offering if C++ is more than you require. During this panel discussion, application developers using OpenAccess and OpenAccess extensions will describe their experiences along the way. The panel will be moderator by OpenAccess Coalition leadership.
What you will learn
The valuable role OpenAccess plays in the EDA world
Potential obstacles developers may encounter, and proven solutions
Helpful hints for OpenAccess developers
* Moderator: Michaela Guiney, Product Engineering Director, Cadence Design Systems
Shiv Sikand, Executive Vice President of Engineering, IC Manage
Rudy Albachten, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Intel
Brian Bradburn, Senior Director, Silvaco, Inc.
Ted Chou, Manager of Corporate Support, AnaGlobe Technology
Paul Clewes, Vice President, Research and Development, Pulsic
Building Successful OpenAccess Applications While Avoiding Bumps in the Road
JAMES D. MASTERS,
senior CAD engineer at Intel,
discusses advanced track
modeling in the
Si2 OpenAccess database.
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