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 NIM: FPD '95 - Call for Papers

NEWS IN MICROELECTRONICS                 Volume 6, Number 51, October 26, 1994

TODAY'S ISSUE:  FPD '95: The Third Canadian Workshop on Field-Programmable
                Devices: Technology, Tools and Applications
                May 29-June 1, 1995, Montreal, Quebec

The Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal
will host the Third Canadian Workshop on Field-Programmable Devices (FPD'95).  
The goal of this Workshop is to bring together workers from throughout Canada
for a wide-ranging discussion on all forms of field-programmable devices and
their applications.  Discussion will focus on industrial applications, advanced
CAD tools and systems, novel system architectures and educational experience.
English will be used for discussions and the principal printed materials, but
contributions can be submitted and presented in either English or French.

-       To continue to provide a forum for discussion on the design and
        application of FPGAs
-       To provide an appropriate forum, both for those in industry and
        those in post-secondary education
-       To allow manufacturers of field-programmable device software and
        hardware an opportunity to present their products to a specialized
-       To include a wide range of field-programmable devices such as
        interconnect components, analog arrays, etc.
-       To increase the emphasis on designing at the system level, using
        synthesis to generate the circuit details
These objectives will be implemented through:
-       Hands-on training
-       Tutorials and demonstrations
-       Industrial and academic case studies
-       Industry, university and educational paper sessions (lecture and/or
        poster formats)
-       A session on commercial opportunities and business implications

Prospective participants are invited to submit one (1) copy of an extended
summary to the Organizing Committee Chairs for review.  The summary should be
no more than four (4) pages in length, including title pages and figures.  
Submissions must be marked "FPD'95 WORKSHOP" and may be in hard copy or
electronic format.  Acceptable electronic formats are postscript, FrameMaker
and WordPerfect.  Authors should indicate whether their preferred presentation
format is lecture, poster or demonstration.  If possible, authors should also
provide an e-mail address to facilitate rapid communication. Authors of accepted
papers (lecture, poster and demonstration) will be asked to prepare a
camera-ready version for publication in the Workshop proceedings. As this is a
Workshop emphasizing the exchange of ideas and research results, the material
does not have to consist of unpublished results, but novelty is desirable.  The
referees will favour material that is of interest to industrial and/or
university users of field-programmable devices.

-       Submissions of extended summaries:      Friday, January 27
        (to Organizing Committee Chairs)
-       Notification of acceptance:             Friday, March 10
-       Final version of paper:                 Friday, April 21
        Submissions should be addressed to:
                Prof. Mohamad Sawan (Co-Chair)
                Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
                Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
                P.O. Box 6079, Station centre-ville
                Montreal, (Quebec) H3C 3A7  CANADA
                Fax:     (514) 340-4147

It is expected that there will be a wide range of discussion topics because
of the versatility of field-programmable device technology.  Some suggested
topic areas are:
    - Architecture and technology
    - Design and development tools
    - Industry case studies
    - Educators' experiences
    - Novel approaches to and utilizations of the technology
    - Design approaches
    - Business/commercial aspects of the technology
    - Entrepreneurial opportunities and support
    - System design issues
    - Synthesis opportunities for programmable devices
    - Partitioning across multiple FPGAs and/or interconnects.

Researchers and industrial users are encouraged to show the results of their
field-programmable device activities - the projects presented can be of an
ongoing nature.  Educators are welcome to present experiences with incorporating
field-programmable devices into their curriculum. This is expected to be an
active forum for the exchange of ideas for course and laboratory development.
Industrial users are also encouraged to present case studies utilizing
field-programmable devices in their particular environment.  Papers describing
how practical problems have been overcome are welcome. Manufacturers of
field-programmable device software and hardware may also make presentations on
the engineering characteristics of their software and/or devices. We are also
soliciting presentations on the commercial and business aspects of this
technology, including entrepreneurial issues.  Examples of topics are: financial
considerations of introducing field-programmable devices into the product life
cycle; when to switch from field-programmable to mask-programmable gate arrays;
etc. A combination of both lecture-style presentations and poster/demonstration
sessions are planned for the workshop.  The poster/demonstration sessions are
provided for those applications where it makes more sense to present results
using this format. Ecole Polytechnique may be able (reservation required) to
lend workstations, PCs and other large equipment for use in demonstrations.
Vendors of field-programmable-related products will also have a forum for
demonstrating and promoting their products among workshop attendees.

During this Workshop, we anticipate hosting several hands-on sessions for a
wide variety of users from novice to expert.  Plans are being made to include
tutorial sessions given by the major tool and device vendors.

- Mohamad Sawan (Co-Chair), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
        Telephone: (514) 340-5943,      Fax: (514) 340-4147
- Jacob Davidson (Co-Chair), Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM)
        Telephone: (514) 987-3323,      Fax: (514) 987-8477
- Raymond Levesque (Administration), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
- Lynda Moore (Network Communications), Canadian Microelectronics Corporation

Paul Chow        
University of Toronto          

Jacob Davidson (Co-Chair)
Universite du Quebec a Montreal

Baher Haroun            
Concordia University            

John Knight            
Carleton University    

Bob McLeod              
University of Manitoba  

Michael Miller          
University  of Victoria

Mohamad Sawan (Co-Chair)  
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Ted Szymanski          
McGill University      

Claude Thibeault        
Ecole de Technologie Superieure

Laurence Turner        
University of Calgary  

The Workshop will be held at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, 2900 Chemin
de la Polytechnique, May 29-June 1, 1995.  Accommodation at the Radisson Hotel
will be available at a special rate from the evening of May 28 (Sunday) until
breakfast on June 2 (Friday), i.e. five nights. Additional nights and
accommodation for non-participants can be arranged (see Registration Form).
Montreal has numerous cultural and tourist attractions. Social programs will
be organized for non-participants.

GENERAL: Montreal, a fusion of European style and the American way of life, is
one of the loveliest cities in North America and is situated between the
St-Lawrence River and Mount Royal. After Paris, Montreal is the second-largest
French-speaking city in the world, with the advantage of offering services in
English as well.
TRANSPORTATION:  Both airports offer convenient public transportation into
downtown Montreal. The one-way shuttle bus fare is $8.50 Cdn. from Dorval and
$13.50 from Mirabel. By taxi, the trip into town is about $25 from Dorval and
$60 from Mirabel.  In Montreal, there is an extensive bus and subway network
(Montrealers call the subway the "Metro"), and a ticket for either costs $1.75.
WEATHER: During the month of May, temperatures can vary quite a bit.  During
the day, they may reach 22 C, or drop to as low as 8 C.  Evenings are
generally cool (4 to 10 C).

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Mon, 14 Apr 1997 00:03:34 GMT  
 NIM: FPD '95 - Call for Papers

* * * * * * * * * * * CONSULTING OPPORTUNITIES AT IIT * * * * * * * * * * *

We are currently looking for consultants to work with the design team
to do conversion of a large design expressed in an internal HDL to gates
via Verilog/Synopsys.  The final design has to meet both functional
and timing specs.

Experience required:  Verilog, Synopsys, timing analysis for large high
frequency digital chips; fluency with C/UNIX is required; familiarity with
shell scripts, perl, and revision control is required.  Familiarity with
custom VLSI methodology is a plus, but large ASIC experience is fine as well.

Tool environment: Sun workstations, Verilog, Veritime (static timing analysis),
Synopsys, Cadence layout tools, Timemill (for large transistor level simulations).

Summary on IIT:
   7 years old
   profitable for 6 years
   about 130 people

   2 announced product lines:

        a. 287/387 Intel compatible math co-processors.  IIT was the 1st to
           come out with a 387 clone.  Both DX and SX parts at various
           frequencies have been in volume production since 1989. We
           have recently released a DX2 version.
        b. video compression/decompression chips. The chips perform MPEG1
           decoding among other things. AT&T picture phone, Compression Labs
           teleconferencing  products, as well as others use these chips.  
           The latest announced product is a 1.3 Million transistor programmable
           teleconferencing system on a chip. We have recently announced
           low-cost versions of these chips.

    The company also has several not announced product lines.  In general, the
    company's goal is to provide innovative solutions for the processing,
    storage, access, display, and communication of electronic information.

    I think the above is not too bad for a 130 people total (R&D now is about
    50 people).


Please send resume or contact in person:

        Nhon Quach
        2445 Mission College Blvd.,
        Santa Clara, CA 95054
        phone: 408-654-0892

I am looking forward to hearing from you.  

Thank you.

Mon, 21 Apr 1997 09:10:32 GMT  
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