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President Obama at DAC 2012

President Obama at DAC 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 06-07-2012 at 7:45 pm

Okay, President Obama didn’t actually stop at DAC but he did do a drive by. I happened to be stepping out for some much needed fresh air and there goes his speeding motorcade. It was quite a sight actually, with all of the motorcycles, SUVs, a SWAT vehicle and even a paramedic rig (my son the Fireman drives one of those). The president was in town for dinner with donors at $5,000 per plate. And here I am in the DAC press room eating free food in plastic containers. The exciting life of an internationally recognized industry blogger.

This year DAC was extra special as my beautiful wife joined me for the fun and frolic including VIP tickets to the Denali party. Chatting with Wally Rhines is always fun in addition to the Who’s Who of the semiconductor ecosystem. A great time was had by all, believe it. Lots of interesting stuff is going on which I will blog about later.

Looking at the SemiWiki analytics 30 days prior to DAC I knew there would be a great turnout. The SemiWiki pre DAC blogs did very well with 36,150 people reading them, compared to last year’s 14,375 people. My guess was that attendance this year would be +20% over the last San Francisco DAC. (UPDATE: Conference attendees were up to 1901, up 9% on last year. But exhibits only passes were way up to 2783, an increase of 39%. Even booth staff was up 11% to 2704.). If attendance is up SemiWiki will take full credit due to the excellent coverage we provided. If not then never mind. The SemiWiki bloggers will post 20+ post DAC 2012 blogs in the coming days so stay tuned!

Next year DAC 2013 is in Austin Texas. My lovely wife and I will definitely attend as we have never been to Austin! My brother who works for Applied Materials lives there so we have a sub agenda as well. As you will see by the numbers below there is quite a market for EDA and IP in Texas. My prediction is that the SemiWiki DAC 2013 blog numbers are significantly higher next year.

Austin Activities:

Warehouse and Sixth Street Entertainment Districts– Four blocks of Fourth and Fifth Streets comprise the Warehouse District. The buildings have been renovated from warehouses to trendy, distinctive hot spots. Austin’s Sixth Street is widely known for its unique blend of dance clubs, live music venues, restaurants and bars.

SoCo– One of the hippest Austin hangouts is SoCo, a colorful stretch of Congress Avenue lined with funky shops, trendy dining spots, unique accommodations, art galleries and music venues. On the first Thursday of each month, (June 6, 2013) merchants keep their doors open until 10 p.m., playing host to an array of events and activities.
South of the Congress Avenue Bridge

Music Scene

Ever wonder why Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®? The slogan became official in 1991, after it was discovered that Austin had more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Today, Austin, TX hosts nearly 200 venues and is home to thousands of musicians. Which means you can catch a show any day of the week, at almost any time.

Major Employers of Design Engineers in Austin
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  • 3M Co. (1000)
  • Advanced Micro Devices (2933)
  • Agere,Inc.
  • Alereon
  • Analog Devices
  • Aperian
  • Apple (3000)
  • Applied Materials (2250)
  • Applied Micro
  • Applied Science Fiction
  • ASI (Advanced System Integration)
  • BAE Systems (675)
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Cisco Systems (800)
  • Cypress
  • DuPont Photomasks Inc.
  • Flextronics (1875)
  • Freescale Semiconductor (5000)
  • Hewlett-Packard (550)
  • IBM Corp. (6239)
  • Image Microsystems (500)


  • Intel Corp. (1000)
  • Motorola
  • National Instruments (2200)
  • Oracle (515)
  • Photronics
  • PulsewaveRF
  • Qualcomm
  • Rocket Chips
  • Samsung (1100)
  • SGI
  • Silicon Group Inc., The
  • Silicon Hills Design Inc.
  • Silicon Laboratories (500)
  • SMSC
  • Spansion (900)
  • Stellar Micro Devices
  • TI (Dallas)
  • Tokyo Electron America Inc.
  • Vitesse Semiconductor
  • WindRiver Systems


DAC has drawn attendees from the following companies located
in the Austin area for over 50 years
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  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Applied Micro
  • ARM
  • ASSET InterTech
  • Biotroniik/MSEI
  • Broadcom
  • Callidus Systems
  • Catalyte IC Design
  • Centaur Technology
  • Cyclic Design
  • DSM Silicon Solutions, LLC
  • Fabtech
  • Freescale
  • Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Futurewei Technologies
  • HDL Dynamics
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HighIP Design Company
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • InternetCAD.com, Inc.
  • L-3 Communications MID
  • LFoundry GmbH
  • Logic Refinery, Inc.
  • Low Power Design
  • LSI
  • Marvell
  • Matricus, Inc.
  • Maxim Integrated Product
  • Microtune


  • Mimasic
  • Motorola
  • NASA
  • National Instruments
  • Nokia Inc
  • Omnibase Logic
  • ON Semiconductor
  • Oracle
  • PDF Solutions
  • Perception Software
  • Qualcomm
  • Raytheon
  • Samsung
  • Saratoga Data Systems
  • Signet Design Solutions, Inc.
  • Silicon Laboratories
  • SiliconAid Solutions
  • SiliconXpress, Inc
  • SMSC
  • Solid Oak Technologies
  • ST Microelectronic
  • Standard Microsystems
  • SystematIC Design
  • TelNet Management
  • Texas Instruments
  • The Aerospace Corp.
  • Triune Systems
  • Verilab
  • Vitesse
  • Wipro Technologies
  • XtremeESL Corporation
  • Zarlink Semiconductor
  • Zoran


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