There's been much talk about the tools and methodologies needed for next-generation electronic systems design, but not so much about the people behind them. The people side of system-level design became clearer at a DesignCon panel titled "Who is the Designer of the Future?" One conclusion: RTL designers are going to need some new skills.
This Cadence-sponsored panel was chaired by Ron Wilson of UBM Electronics (EE Times and EDN). Panelists included:
- Ashok Mehta, senior manager, TSMC
- Gary Smith, chief analyst, Gary Smith EDA
- Grant Martin, chief scientist, Tensilica
- Geoff Burns, VP of product management, Silicon Hive (provider of image and video processing IP; see our recent Digital Implementation blog for more information)
The panel was heavy on "ESL" (Electronic System Level) expertise, and the discussion focused on the shifting roles of system architects, software developers, and digital hardware designers. I think the "designer of the future" in the analog/custom world would be a good follow-up discussion.
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