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DATE09 - a truly global event says Programme Chair Al-Hashimi

Published: 24 March 2009

DATE (Design, Automation and Test in Europe) is a major global event which is set to shape the future of the worldwide electronics industry. Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton is this year's Conference Programme Chair.

This year's conference, DATE09 has joined forces with ARTEMISIA Association (founded to strengthen Europe's advanced research and technology position in embedded intelligence and systems), which could boost attendance to over 5,000 researchers, engineers, executives and policy-makers from industry, academia and public authorities.

There have been a record number of contributor submissions this year - up to 960, including a 30 per cent increase in papers in industrial applications. The programme consists of 77 technical sessions and over 20 panel discussions, featuring new research findings which will have a significant impact on the future of the electronics industry and academic research.

The conference will offer significant insights into the future of the electronics industry through keynotes by Mike Muller, Chief Technology Officer, ARM, and by 2007 Turing Award winner, Joseph Sifakis, Verimag Laboratory, Grenoble, which will be delivered at the conference opening session. Important topics such as the future of Field-programmable gate array (FPGA), programming of multiprocessor system-on-chip platforms and progress reports on the move to 32 nanometer CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), will also be debated by leading researchers and developers and industry executives.

A unique feature of DATE is its commitment to linking new research findings to applications. Two conference days have been allocated to this aspect focusing on two major domains: system-on-chip design flows and methods, and multi-core architectures, programming and applications. The two special days will feature industrial panels and executive-level speakers from leading companies in these areas such as Intel, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, IBM, NXP Semiconductors and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

'This is a real indication that the DATE conference is a truly global event and DATE09 promises to be the place for innovation and excellence. It will provide an outlook beyond the current market conditions providing a vibrant meeting place where start-up companies, large system houses and researchers can exchange ideas and promote innovation and growth’, said Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, who heads the ECS Pervasive Systems Centre. Professor Al-Hashimi has recently been confirmed as the General Chair of DATE11.

DATE09 begins on Monday 20 April with one full day of tutorials and ends on Friday 24 April with eight workshops on current and emerging issues in design, test, EDA (Electronic Design Automation) and software.

It will take place at the Acropolis, Nice, France from 20-24 April 2009.

For further information contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453

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