The Design Automation Conference, being held this week in San Francisco, seems a subdued affair from those a few years ago. This year, I am helping a friend man the FTL booth due to the scheduled person coming down with the dreaded swine flu. Although I have walked around and seen al the other booths, time has not allowed a detailed examination of any of their offerings.
However, I was impressed by one company and its CEO. Micro Magic is in the booth next to FTL so there was opportunity to learn what they are about. They have a suite of IC layout tools that is impressive in its performance and capacity. I will not go into detail, I have to catch a train back to DAC, but I recommend checking them out if layout is your thing. The CEO, Mark Santoro, is a straight talking guy who was able to push all my hot buttons – and don’t even do layout.
If you are around DAC today (Wednesday) please stop by the FTL booth and say hello.