Power management and IP
Moscone South is all about IP and low power. This is the 51st DAC and my 34th. Time flies. The most intimidating thing is that the Apple Developers Forum is going on at the same time, and they have TV trucks and live interview on the street. We of course do not. It was nice to hear Antun Domic as one of the two keynote speakers this morning His discussion on how the latest EDA tools are used to produce designs fabricated with processes as old as 180 nanometers was refreshing. In general people equate the latest EDA tools with the latest semiconductor process. Yet one needs to manage power even at 180 nanometers.
Chip Estimate runs a series of talks from IP developers in its booth. I listened to Peter Mc Guiness of Imagination Technologies talk about advances in image processing. it was interesting to hear him talk about lane departure warning as an automotive feature employing such technology. Now I know how it works in one of my cars. On the other hand to hear how the retail industry is planning to use facial recognition to choose for me what I should be interested in purchasing is not so reassuring. But, on the other hand, its use in robotics applications is fashinating.