After listening to a Design Automation Conference (DAC 2014) keynote speech last week by Karim Arabi, vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, I have a lot more respect for my smartphone. In his keynote, Arabi detailed a number of tough challenges facing designers of mobile computing platforms such as smartphones.
Arabi's speech was titled "Mobile Computing Opportunities, Challenges, and Technology Drivers." During the speech, he appealed for EDA innovation to stem a slowdown in process node scaling. He knows EDA well, having co-founded an analog automation startup, Opmaxx, in the 1990s.
"I know how difficult the EDA industry is," Arabi said. "This is an industry that works really hard to enable wonderful solutions. It's hard to imagine where we'd be without EDA."
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