DVCon Europe 2015 announces Technical Program

October 06, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) and Exhibition Europe (Munich, 11th & 12th November 2015) takes as its scope. “the application of languages, tools and intellectual property for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits.”

Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative , DVCon Europe brings chip architects, design and verification engineers, and IP integrators the latest methodologies, techniques, applications and demonstrations for the practical use of EDA solutions for electronic design.

The content in the Technical program for this year’s event has now been published. Chairman of the Steering Committee, Martin Barnasconi (NXP Semiconductors) set the objective of addressing design and verification across the product design value chain; his aim in compiling the program has been to attract, and provide information for, engineers working across a broad spread of companies, and in many different roles within those companies.

That said, he identifies a number of key themes that have informed the 2015 program; in the Automotive arena, issues of safety and security; the trend towards self-driving vehicles, and their functional safety (the subject of a panel session). In the Semiconductor space, the program has a focus on another sector that is strong in Europe – mixed-signal IC design. It has long been the case that design and verification in this space has been more fragmented than in the logic domain, and a theme of the Conference program is how AMS (analogue/mixed-signal) design and verification can be made more coherent.

Attention also turns to the need to bring AMS verification and systems design/verification closer together. Added to that, is the general trend to low power in all forms of design.

Barnasconi notes that in the first running of DVCon Europe, the training content was a well-received component; accordingly, there will be extensive tutorial and seminar content, as well as conference papers; plus the opportunity for verification professionals to meet and, “look over the fence” at what others are doing.

A key element of what the organising committee have been seeking to achieve, is a focus on new methods, reflecting the interests and ambitions of sponsor Accellera. There is, as Barnasconi observes, still no consensus on the “best”