3.1 Executive Session 2: Panel "Semiconductor IP, Surfing the Next Big Wave"

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Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019
Time: 14:30 - 16:00
Location / Room: Room 1

Jamil Kawa, Synopsys, US
Giovanni De Micheli, EPFL, CH

Raul Camposano, Sage Design Automation, US

Semiconductor IP has made a great deal of progress since ARM was incorporated in 1990, almost thirty years ago, while the IC was breaking the 1-micron barrier, and power was becoming designers' biggest concern. Back then, semiconductor IP was "hard", physical-IP, which required complex porting to each and every different process technology. Over the last thirty years, and thanks to the transition from "hard" to "soft", synthesizable-IP, it has dramatically expanded, and now spans processors, interconnect, interface, FPGA, and complete sub-systems, and has become a critical enabler of modern systems-on-a-chip. Our industry is now moving to the 7/5 nanometer nodes: power remains a concern, but it is the lagging processors frequency, the latency across the processors, memory, and storage stacks, as well as the signal losses in electrical transmission lines that prevents breakthrough improvements. After decades of dominance by general purpose CPU and GPU, innovation is disrupting computing architectures: massively parallel Tensor Processing Units (TPU) are emerging that have demonstrated unprecedented performance; new memories are emerging that may complement 3D DRAM and NAND; new technologies are emerging such as super-conducting electronics and silicon photonics, which require an unprecedented level of collaboration to rapidly achieve the maturity levels required for the design and manufacturing of VLSI systems. This panel, moderated by EDA industry veteran Raul Camposano, will explore the challenges and the opportunities of semiconductor IP for the next decade.


  • K. Charles Janac, Arteris, US
  • Joachim Kunkel, Synopsys, Inc., US
  • Andrei Vladimirescu, Berkeley, US
  • Greg Yeric, ARM, US
16:00End of session
Coffee Break in Exhibition Area

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On all conference days (Tuesday to Thursday), a seated lunch (lunch buffet) will be offered in the Lunch Area to fully registered conference delegates only. There will be badge control at the entrance to the lunch break area.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019