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What is DesignCon?


Taking place annually in Silicon Valley, DesignCon is the premier educational conference and technology exhibition for electronic design engineers in the high speed communications and semiconductor communities.

Created by engineers for engineers, DesignCon is the largest gathering of chip, board and systems designers in the world and is focused on the pervasive nature of signal integrity at all levels of electronic design – chip, package, board and system. Combining technical paper sessions, tutorials, industry panels, product demos and exhibits, DesignCon brings engineers the latest theories, methodologies, techniques, applications and demonstrations on PCB design tools, power and signal integrity, jitter and crosstalk, high-speed serial design, test & measurement tools, parallel & memory interface design, ICs, semiconductor components and more.

DesignCon enables chip, board and systems designers, software developers and silicon manufacturers to grow their design expertise, learn about and see the latest advanced design technologies & tools from top vendors in the industry, and network with fellow engineers and design engineering experts.

The 2014 Technical Conference Program will consist of 14 tracks covering all aspects of electronic design, from chips through boards and systems.

Check out Who Attends DesignCon, and photos and videos from 2013!

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Who Is Chiphead?

Chiphead has been DesignCon’s mascot since the event’s inception 19 years ago and represents our entire chip, board and systems design engineering community. Be sure to look out for him in the Expo Hall when you attend!

Here’s what Chiphead himself has to say:




Company name and location:

UBM Tech in San Francisco, CA.

Current position:

DesignCon Commanding Officer.

Is there a Mrs. Chiphead? Perhaps little Chiplets?

There isn’t a Mrs. Chiphead yet, but I am seeing someone and it’s quite serious (sorry, ladies). She is my ideal Chipwoman - great signal integrity (virtually no jitter!), amazing backplane operation at 25 Gbps, premium dielectric materials and connectors...I had some high standards, but consider myself very lucky to have found her.

Accomplishments you’re proud of:

It took a couple of months, but I’ve finally automated everything in my house...although I’m pretty sure none of it meets the National Electrical Code.

First job:

Junior Engineer at NASA. I am proud to say I worked on Apollo 8 (and I just aged myself, didn’t I).

Favorite website:

For fun: Reddit. For work: EE Times and EDN.

The last book I read:

I just brushed up on the A Song of Fire and Ice series. I remember reading A Game of Thrones when it was first published.

Why did you choose this industry for your profession?

Similar to many engineers, I spent all of my time as a Chiplet playing with Legos and Erector Sets, taking apart electronics in our house to see what was inside and then putting them back together. One day, my manufacturer said, “You know, son, you could get paid to do this as a job.” And the rest is history.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have:

Spent more time working on my power-management issues. It's all the rage now, pardon the double entendre, but if I'd focused on it then, I'd be well ahead of the game today!

The best advice anyone ever gave me was:

I was at a party once and this old rectifier approached me. He said "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word."
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "Are you listening?"
I said, "Yes, I am."
He said, "Semiconductors."

Since thermal management has become a critical issue in advanced silicon, are you worried about spontaneous combustion?

I am. We’re in the process of designing a flame retardant suit for me, should this event occur...but that probably wouldn’t help much in the end.

With all the talk about increased energy consumption, is this power going to your head?

Technologically, yes. Theoretically, I hope not...

When will voice synthesis finally give you a voice?

Great question.