Looking Back, Projecting Forward
Monday, October 27, 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hudson Hall 125
Mary Jane Irwin, Evan Pugh Professor, A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State University
The first half of the talk will review lessons learned during the design of the Arithmetic Cube, a VLSI design project that took place in the mid 1980¿s - when CMOS was the new technology - to the early 1990¿s. Design tools that were developed in support of the Arithmetic Cube will also be briefly described. Among the lessons learned during this period was ¿Let the needs of the design drive the design tool development.¿ In this way, the tools that are developed will be much more likely to be used by designers. The second half of the talk will project forward in the emerging technology space (beyond Moore¿s Law) to see how the lessons learned during the design of the Arithmetic Cube in the early days of CMOS can help guide design and design tools research and development in the future.