The Must Attend Event For Chip, Board, And Systems Design Engineers

DesignCon is the premier high-speed communications and system design conference, offering industry-critical engineering education in the heart of electronics innovation — Silicon Valley.

A Systematic Approach to Learning & Discovery

Join fellow engineers at DesignCon and cover all aspects of electronic design.

Attend the expertly curated, 14-track conference created by engineers for engineers, browse exhibits with hundreds of new products and technologies, and network with high-caliber industry professionals over the three-day event.


Take your expertise to the next level at Silicon Valley’s leading expo for chip, board, and systems design engineers. See the latest in high-speed design tools, technologies, and developments.


With 100+ sessions spanning 14 tracks, DesignCon’s conference program covers all aspects of electronic design, including signal & power integrity, high-speed link design, and machine learning.


The Expo offers multiple free educational and networking opportunities. Attend keynote presentations by visionaries, gain insights at Chiphead Theater, watch live demos, and obtain career guidance in the new Career Zone.

Industry at a Glance

$1.3 Trillion
Value of
Internet of Things
(IoT) Market
by 2026

$989 Billion
Size of the
Global Consumer
Electronics Market
by 2027

$519 Billion
Projected Value of
the Global Electronic
Components Market
by 2023

Number of Vehicles
Worldwide Equipped with
Hardware to Enable
Autonomous Driving by 2023

1.1 Trillion
Projected Record
Total Semiconductor
Unit Shipments
in 2021

Welcome Drive World+ESC

New in 2021! Drive World + ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) join DesignCon at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, bringing eight educational conference tracks targeting automotive electronics + intelligence and embedded systems + IoT. As a bonus, this conference is available to DesignCon All Access passholders.

Networking & Discovery on the Expo Floor

With leading suppliers on the expo floor, the latest in high-speed design tools, technologies, and developments will be on display at the DesignCon expo. DesignCon remains the place for chip, board, and systems design engineers to source, network, and stay ahead of industry change. In one lap of the floor, discover breakthrough solutions, free activities, networking events, educational sessions, and more.

Chiphead Theater

All paths lead to Chiphead Theater. Stop by for free presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and expert-led panels. 

Keysight Education Forum

Access hours of free education and technical training through sessions sponsored by Keysight Technologies. Topics covered range from DDR5/LPDDR5 to 5G, practical bit error rate to 112 gbps/lane designs.

Access to Leading Suppliers

From industry giants to next-gen startups, access top suppliers across electronic design including Amphenol, Cadence Design Systems, Keysight Technologies, Rambus, and Teledyne LeCroy.

Product Showcase

See live, interactive demos at exhibitor booths as suppliers give you a first-hand look at their latest products and features.

Booth Bar Crawl

Wind down at daily meet-and-greets around the expo floor. Come for the bites and beverages, stay for the conversation and the new business relationships.

Awards Ceremonies

Celebrate the Engineer of the Year and Best Paper Awards nominees and winners. Nominations are based on leadership in semiconductor and electronics design, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking.

Keynote Presentations

From power electronics and 5G to impactful innovations for the next generation of products, each day offers a powerful keynote presentation to keep you inspired.

Career Zone

New this year, the Career Zone offers opportunities to get expert advice on resume writing, personal branding, and more. Plus, get a professional headshot.

Covering All Aspects of Electronic Design

Hosted in Silicon Valley, the heart of electronics innovation, DesignCon addresses chip, board, and system challenges facing design engineers. Sessions are provided for all levels of learning, with information for experienced engineers, recent graduates, and everyone in between.

From foundational to applicational, DesignCon conference areas include:

  • Signal and power integrity
  • Chip I/O and power modeling
  • Photonics and wireless in electrical design
  • Materials and processing for PCBs, modules, and packages
  • Advanced I/O interface design
  • High-speed link design
  • Signal processing, equalization, and coding/FEC
  • Power integrity in power distribution networks
  • Electromagnetic compatibility and interference
  • Test and measurement methodology
  • Interconnects modeling and analysis
  • Machine learning and AI
  • 5G and communications

Explore by area of interest with education themes in automotive, autonomous, consumer electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), and medical that will be addressed in multiple conference and theater sessions and represented at exhibits on the expo floor.

Curated “By Engineers For Engineers”

Created by our Technical Program Committee (TPC)—an expert panel of more than 95 industry professionals — the DesignCon curriculum is reviewed and updated each year to meet the needs of our ever-evolving industry. DesignCon sets the industry standard for education and technology conferences, offering today's mission-critical information for people designing tomorrow's electronics products.

Drive World+Embedded Systems Conference (ESC)

Meet embedded systems innovators at Silicon Valley’s preeminent automotive electronics and intelligence event, now part of DesignCon. ESC is one of North America’s leading embedded systems events that has been influencing the design of electronics for 30 years. Drive World attracts professionals from the automotive and electronics industries. All DesignCon All Access passholders may attend any of the Drive World+ESC sessions.

The Car Is the Next Must-Have Consumer Electronic

Cars are getting smarter. But the shift to Level 5 autonomy will take time, testing, and, most of all, the technical chops to perfect the connected car at the component level. That means sensors, 5G, systems on chip, and other foundational elements that are the heart of tomorrow’s autonomous vehicle.

In its second year, Drive World with the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) returns to Silicon Valley alongside North America's largest chip, board, and systems event, DesignCon. The three-day showcase brings together the brightest minds across the automotive electronics and semiconductor industries who are looking to shape the technology of tomorrow.

Passes and Pricing

Conference Pass Packages*** All-Access Pass 2-Day Pass
Tues. & Wed.
Boot Camp Drive World +
Expo Pass
Super Early Bird
(Ends June 23, 2021)
$749 $549 $449 $389 FREE**
Early Bird
(Ends July 21, 2021)
$849 $649 $549 $489
(Ends August 15, 2021)
$999 $799 $699 $599
(August 16–18, 2021)
$1,149 $949 $799 $699 $179
Access To:
Tutorials (Mon. Only)        
Boot Camps (Mon. Only)      
DesignCon Conference Sessions (Tues. – Wed.)      
Drive World + ESC Conference Sessions (Mon. – Wed.) Tues. & Wed.    
Welcome Reception (Mon. Only)  
Welcome Breakfast (Mon. Only)  
Networking Lunches (Mon. – Wed.) All Days Tues. & Wed. Mon. Only All Days  
Keynotes (Mon. – Wed.)
Keysight Education Forum (Tues. – Wed.)
Chiphead Theater + Sponsored Sessions (Tues. – Wed.)
Career Zone (Tues. – Wed.)
Booth Bar Crawl (Tues. – Wed.)
Expo Hall (Tues. – Wed.)
DesignCon Virtual Conference*        

* DesignCon will offer an additional conference online after its in-person event with details to be announced on its website.
** Free for qualified attendees only.
*** The $150 cancellation fee is waived until July 16, 2021.

Admission to the in-person event is subject to health and safety regulations.

Venue Information

Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday, August 16, 2021: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Monday, August 16, 2021: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.