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Austin, Boston and Canada: SNUG Wraps Up Another Successful Year 

High-Quality Technical Content and Networking Opportunities Continue to Drive Attendance

In this highly digital-centric world it's not often that engineers get a chance to interact live with their peers. The 14 global SNUG conferences bring nearly 9000 Synopsys users together to learn, interact and participate in presentations designed to educate and increase productivity. The value of these events is reflected in the SNUG survey scores and strong year-over-year attendance. Overall quality ratings of the last of the 2012 events in Austin, Boston and Canada were at record highs, thanks in large part to the exceptional contributions of our users.

SNUG Austin featured three parallel tracks with 15 user papers and 10 tutorials. Synopsys co-CEO Aart de Geus returned to Austin to deliver the keynote where attendance grew by 22 percent this year. Many stayed after the paper sessions concluded for the Sponsor Expo and to recognize these award winners:
  • First Place, Best Paper: "Taming Testbench Timing," Jonathan Bromley, Verilab
  • Second Place, Best Paper: "High-Performance Physical Design of a 28-nm Cortex-A15," Jason Karka, Michael Robinson, Texas Instruments
  • Third Place, Best Paper: "Qualcomm DSP Semi-Custom Design Flow," Nadeem Eleyan, Qualcomm
  • Technical Committee Award: "Advanced Design Partitioning with IC Compiler," Jack Randall, AMD
At SNUG Canada in Ottawa, four parallel tracks with more than 24 user and tutorial presentations were delivered. Attendees arrived early to hear John Chilton, Synopsys' senior vice president of Marketing and Strategic Development, give the opening keynote, "Accelerating Innovation in the 20nm Era" and stayed late to continue networking at SNUG Pub. In Canada, the following papers earned top honors:
  • First Place, Best Paper: "Integrating SVN Revision Control Software with Synopsys Custom Designer," James Cherry, Kapik Integration
  • Third Place, Best Paper: "Insight Into Power Gating Verification," Ashwini Chandrashekhara Holla, AMD
  • The Technical Committee Award: "I Upped my Coverage, Up Yours!" Martin Salomon, STMicroelectronics Inc.
At the 13th annual SNUG in Boston senior vice president Deirdre Hanford delivered the keynote address to hundreds of local users. Dozens of authors presented in technical sessions on verification, implementation, synthesis, physical design, test, custom verification, signoff and FPGA.. The day concluded with the popular Designer Community Expo. User papers in Boston scored a record high rating of 4.3 out of 5 with top honors going to:
  • First Place, Best Paper: "Clocks Against Variation," Gerard M. Blair, LSI Corp.
  • Second Place, Best Paper: "Targeting IBM's 45-nm SOI with IC Compiler," Nimit Nguansiri, The MITRE Corp.
  • Third Place, Best Paper: "Assert Your Independence! Adopting the OVL Assertion Library as an IP/SOC Standard," John A. Thomson, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Technical Committee Award: "Implementing Reset Testing With UVM," Timothy Kramer, The MITRE Corp.

SolvNet users can download papers and presentations from all the 2012 SNUG conferences from the SNUG website. Dates for the 2013 SNUG conferences are set and plans are already underway. For more information on future SNUG conferences, visit http://www.synopsys.com/SNUG.