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- Congratulations DATE, you’ve pulled it off. You have
become a major conference for Embedded Software development,
especially that pertaining to Multi-Core/Multi-Processor
systems. DATE 2008 had a separate Embedded Track that
contained a strong technical program. As was the case
at DATE 2007 the Embedded/Multi-Core panels were the most
What was even more impressive was that DATE, announcing
its intention of becoming a true “systems” design automation
(SDA) conference, used this year’s automotive emphasis
to bring mechanical design to the table. Of course system
level design also includes bio, optical, chemical and
all other design disciplines necessary for today and tomorrow’s
system design. These topics will all be addressed throughout
DATE’s quest to become the first true full system design
True system level design was led by the automotive emphasis
and Mathworks took full advantage of it by featuring its
system-level model-based design work with the automotive
vendors. One surprise was that UML was being discussed
a lot. MARTE, a new version of unified modeling language
(UML), was presented in the keynote speech by Dominique
Vernay, the CTO of THALES. Also, Axilica introduced a
UML to RTL Synthesizer at the show.
The show’s attendance was a little higher than 2007’s
Munich DATE, which had 4,700 attendees. The lead quality
reported by most vendors was excellent. Munich was warmer
than usual, providing us a pleasant stay in one of the
most interesting cities in Europe.
Overall it was a great DATE as the conference continues
to develop into the true system level design conference
of the future.