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What to expect at the 58th DAC this December

What to expect at the 58th DAC this December
by Daniel Payne on 09-16-2021 at 10:00 am

I’ve attended the DAC conference and trade show since the late 1980s, and every visit has been a continuing learning experience about the EDA, IP and semiconductor industry. I first started attended as an EDA vendor in 1987, and since 2004 as a freelance marketing professional. There’s a significant amount of preparation that goes into such an event, sending out invitations to write technical papers, asking EDA vendors to exhibit, finding captivating keynote speakers, deciding on the industry trends with accompanying buzzwords, you get the picture.

The familiar July date was moved into December for 2021, allowing the pandemic to wind down a bit more, and have us meet safely in person. People interested in SEMICON West can attend that expo at Moscone South, plus there’s also the RISC-V Summit happening at Moscone West.

Who Attends

There will be some 6,000 designers, researchers, tool developers, executives and several of us from SemiWiki attending DAC in December. Attendees by order of importance are:

  • EDA Software, 31%
  • IP/Core Design, 18%
  • Embedded System Design, 12%
  • ML and AI, 11%
  • Design Services, 8%
  • Foundry, IC Manufacturing, 5%
  • Consumer Electronics, 4%
  • Design in the Cloud/Design IT, 3%
  • Cyber Security, 3%
  • Automotive, 3%
  • IoT, 2%


We are informed and entertained by four industry luminaries this December with the following speakers:

Jeff Dean
Jeff Dean, SVP, Google Research & Google Health – The Potential of Machine Learning for Hardware Design
Bill Dally
Bill Dally, Chief Scientist, NVIDIA – GPUs, Machine Learning and EDA
Mary Missy Cummings
Mary ‘Missy’ Cummings, Professor of Computer Engineering/Director of the Humans Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University – Man vs. Machine or Man + Machine?
Kwabena Boahen
Kwabena Boahen, Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University – The Future of AI Hardware: A 3-D Silicon Brain


Three speakers will be enlightening us about the Cloud, AI, ML and cross-disciplinary innovations through SKYTalks.

  • William Chappell, CTO, Azure Global – Cloud & AI Technologies for Faster, Secure Semiconductor Supply Chains
  • Kailash Gopalakrishnan, IBM Fellow and Sr. Manager, Accelerator Architectures and Machine Learning
  • Sam Naffziger, AMD Sernior Vice PResdient, Corporate Fellow, and Product Technology Architect – Cross-Disciplinary innovations Required for the Future of Computing

Technical Papers

For 2021 there are 215 accepted research papers, out of 914 submitted, while the industry papers had 70 accepted to present. With 285 papers you must choose your time slots wisely.


DAC in December sounds awesome, so register in advance now, because you get a discount until November 1, 2021. If you just want to see the Exhibits, Keynotes and SKYtalks, then register FREE, thanks to the I Love DAC sponsors: Cliosoft, Empyrean and Menta.

59th DAC

DAC is so complex that the 59th DAC planned for July 11-15, 2022 has just named their Executive Committee. Rob Oshana is the 59th DAC General Chair, and his day job is with NXP Edge Processing, as the VP of Software Engineering.

Rob Oshana, 59th DAC General Chair
Rob Oshana, 59th DAC General Chair

More than two dozen volunteers from both academia and industry round out the 59th DAC Executive Committee.


I’m really looking forward to traveling by plane to SFO in December and seeing familiar and new faces in the EDA, IP and Semiconductor sectors at the Moscone Center. So join me and a few thousand other bright engineers, managers and academics by attending the 58th DAC.

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