Design Automation Conference

Design Automation Conference

The Design Automation Conference, or DAC, is a combination of a technical conference and a trade show, both specializing in electronic design automation. DAC started as the SHARE design automation workshop in 1964, and has been held yearly since. Up until the mid-'70s, DAC had sessions on all types of design automation, including mechanical and architectural. After that, for all intents and purposes, only topics concerned with electronic design have been included. Also until the mid-'70s, DAC was strictly a technical conference. Then a few companies started to request space to show their products, and within a few years the trade show portion of DAC became the main focus of the event. The first commercial DAC was held in June 1984. As a rough metric of the importance of the trade show portion, about 5,500 people attended DAC in 2005, whereas ICCAD, at least as strong technically but with no trade show, drew perhaps a tenth as many attendees.

Other similar conferences are the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, or ICCAD (technical only, no trade show), Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC), and International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).

Over the past few years the conference location has been alternating among San Diego, Anaheim, and San Francisco. The conference is usually held in mid-June except when held in San Francisco, where the conference is held in late July.

DAC is sponsored by several professional societies: ACM-SIGDA (Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Design Automation), EDAC (EDA Consortium), IEEE-CAS/CANDE/CEDA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Computer-Aided Network DEsign Committee, and IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation), in technical cooperation with IEEE-SSCS (IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society).

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