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Design of complex electronic systems to be reviewed at UK's first EDA Tools Forum

Published: 8 November 2004

'To meet the UK's massive demand for mobile communications it is essential for designers and programmers to work more closely together.' This is the premise of the UK's first Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools Forum, which is being held at the Institution of Electrical Engineers on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November, to review the tools used to design today's complex semiconductors and electronic systems.

The EDA Tools Forum, which is being co-organised and chaired by Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton, brings together speakers from industry developers and design companies such as Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Cadence, Magma Design and ARM.

"We need mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras and we want low power equipment at lower prices," comments Professor Al-Hashimi. "The challenge is to develop new EDA tools which will allow designers to produce error-free complex products much more quickly."

As well as addressing the most pressing issues in the design, application and development of Electronic Design Automation tools, the conference will provide an opportunity for product designers and EDA tool-makers to look at how they can work more closely together and to review current barriers to progress. It will also enable newly-qualified engineers to familiarise themselves with the challenges ahead.

"Technology is changing all the time and EDA tools need to be updated," comments Professor Al-Hashimi. "This forum is about bringing together the developers of these tools and the designers to iron out the problems."

Notes for editors

  1. ECS houses the Electronics System Design Group, which is internationally recognized in two areas - the development of novel algorithms and methodologies to underpin EDA tool development for large system design and test, and for intelligent sensor Microsystems. These areas occupy different ends of a spectrum of activities - the Group has interests in all aspects of system design and development, all along the information processing chain. Further details can be found at http://www.esd.ecs.soton.ac.uk
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has around 20,000 students and 5,000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £270 million.

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