DVCon Europe was initiated by Accellera Systems Initiative in 2014 as the premier conference, providing a European perspective on Electronic Design Automation (EDA) standards, languages and methodologies for the design and verification of electronic systems and integrated circuits. It is modelled on DVCon US, which has bee running since 1988.
Two keynote speakers are promised for the conference. Horst Symanzik, director of integrated circuit engineering at Bosch Sensortec will talk about the processes the company uses for its consumer MEMS products. In the other keynote, Berthold Hellenthal, head of the progressive semiconductor program at Audi will consider the design and verification challenges of the automotive space.
On October 16, Symanzik will talk about the growing complexity of consumer sensor products. They now contain microcontrollers, digital signal processors, image pipelines, external components and more. At the same time, MEMS application complexity has grown significantly to include magnetic, acceleration and yaw sensors as well as micromirrors. He will talk about the changes in the design and verification methodology, which have become necessary in order to tackle the challenges of these mixed-signal designs.
On October 17, Hellenthal will argue automotive electronic systems represent the state of the art in modern electronic design. Advanced technology requirements that include machine learning are coupled with stringent methodologies for safety-critical verification. The talk will focus on this branch of semiconductor and systems design, exploring new techniques for the rapid prototyping of automotive solutions.
The European event is differentiated by a specific focus on local needs in European semiconductor and embedded system design:
– it is (embedded) systems oriented
– it has a strong AMS (analogue/mixed-signal)community both at (system-level as well as implementation level)
– and a focus on key application domains: Automotive, Aerospace and Identification: and functional safety aspects.
The programme is structured to be highly technical – as distinct from academic – with an industry focus
– the programme is comiled by and for engineers
– there is a focus on (system) design and verification methodologies, standards, tooling, design flow.
– an objective is to grow a vibrant community in terms of competence and network.
An aim is to improve interaction between EDA solution providers and the engineering community
– the organisers comment that most big EDA vendors are in US, they do not always have a detailed insight or understanding of specific European needs
– there is a rich landscape of smaller EDA companies Europe, but not all of them are necessarily well known to the engineering community: the exhibition is intended to rectify any knowledge gaps
And lastly, say the organising team – the event is fun!
The complete programme is on the event website; Registration is still possible, now at the on-site registration rates – all details at;