April 2014 Monthly Update 

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New Synopsys Press Publication "Better Software. Faster!" Synopsys VP Book

The Synopsys announces the publication of "Better Software. Faster!," a practical guide for using virtual prototypes to develop, test and debug software up to 12 months before hardware availability. "Better Software. Faster!" captures the best practices used by a range of companies that have experience deploying virtual prototypes to enable software development and hardware/software integration much earlier in the design cycle and accelerate project schedules.

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RSVP today to join the Student Competition at DAC!

Student Competition at DAC Monday, June 2, 3pm - 5pm
Metropolitan Ballroom, Westin Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Join us for the Ninth International Microelectronics Olympiad, an educational competition that spotlights the world’s brightest engineering students under the age of 30. A first-stage, two-hour test will be held on Monday, June 2nd at 3pm in the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Hotel. One winner from this first stage contest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Armenia to compete in the final stage in October 2014.

Test topics include:
  • Digital IC Design and Test
  • Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and Test
  • Semiconductor Devices and Technology
  • Mathematical and Algorithmic Issues of EDA

Students interested in competing at DAC should RSVP to by May 28th. Not going to DAC but interested in hosting a first-stage event at your university? Visit for more information or contact us at to get started.

The following new and updated courses are now available. Visit Members Only with your SolvNet ID and password to download.


University of ConcepcionHardware-based Computation of the Roughness Index for Infrared Imagers
University of Concepcion: Juan Pablo Moreno, Rodolfo Redlich, Gonzalo Carvajal, and Miguel Figueroa
University of California, Santa BarbaraCoverage Discounting: A Generalized Approach for Testbench Qualification
University of California, Santa Barbara: Peter Lisherness and Kwang-Ting Cheng
Nile University and Northwestern UniversityA Design Methodology for a Low Power Bang-Bang All Digital PLL Based on Digital Loop Filter Programmable Coefficients
Nile University and Northwestern University: Sall Safwat, Maged Ghoneima, and Yehea Ismail

Upcoming Events

IEEEIEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
April 27 - May 2, 2014
Toronto, Canada
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership ConferenceIEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference
May 2 - 3, 2014
San Francisco, California
European Test SymposiumEuropean Test Symposium
May 26 - 30, 2014
Paderborn, Germany
Design Automation ConferenceDesign Automation Conference
June 1 - 5, 2014
San Francisco, California

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