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55th Design Automation Conference Announces Preliminary Attendance Numbers


Big year-on-year jump in attendance and exhibitors reaffirms DAC as
world's premier event devoted to the design and design automation of
electronic chips to systems

Signaling a major resurgence in systems design, the Design
Automation Conference (DAC
) reported record levels of engagement and
attendance during its 55th event, held at the Moscone West
Center, San Francisco, on June 24-28, 2018.

New energy filled all three floors of Moscone West, with two floors of
exhibits and one floor of research presentations. More than 6,000 people
attended DAC, nearly 30% more than last year. More than 170 companies
exhibited at DAC, about 17% higher than 2017. DAC approved a total of
691 submissions for review, with 47% from North America, 31% from Asia,
20% from Europe and 2% from South America. Of those, 168 were accepted,
resulting in an acceptance rate of 24.3%. Another 85 submissions were
accepted as work-in-progress (WIP) posters.

After 55 years, DAC continues to be the premier event devoted to the
design and design automation of electronic chips to systems, where
attendees learn today and create tomorrow.

"We are thrilled with the energy that this year's event had throughout
the exhibits and technical sessions. There is a renaissance movement
happening in the design automation ecosystem and DAC is at the core,"
said Sharon Hu, General Chair of the 55th DAC. "I'd like to extend my
personal gratitude to our sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, and
technical contributors. DAC continues to have the most compelling
program for the design automation ecosystem due to their support and

The two floors of the 55th DAC's exhibits hosted more than
170 companies with 31 first-time exhibitors. Besides individual
companies' exhibits, DAC brought attendees several new areas/activities:

  • Design Infrastructure Alley for professionals who manage the HW
    and SW products and services required by design teams. This area
    included a dedicated Design-on-Cloud Pavilion featuring
    presentations from the Design Infrastructure Alley exhibitors and
    invited companies.
  • Smart Systems Square was a centralized exhibit pavilion where
    engineers could interact with developers, network and platform
    providers, and verification experts for AI and machine learning
    applications. It also showcased live demos of the winning entries from
    the System Design Contest.

The 55th DAC again showed that DAC is the premier event for
top-notch researchers to present their cutting-edge discoveries, the
platform for leading field engineers to share their experiences in using
EDA tools to tame the ever-growing circuit and system design monsters,
and the largest exhibition of EDA tools, software, IP cores, and other
related products and services. This unique combination lubricates the
pipelines for research to become products and for real-world problems to
stimulate research. DAC has been and will continue to be the must-attend
event for the design and design automation community.

Preliminary attendance figures for the 2018 DAC in San Francisco shows:


Conference passes 1935

I LOVE DAC passes 2057

Exhibitors' booth staff 2313

Total badges picked up



The 56th DAC will be held in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on June 2-6,
2019. Visit
for more details.

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier
event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for
electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse
worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends
each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and
circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers
and executives to researchers and academicians from leading
universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of
electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and
trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and
technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with
approximately 175 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual
property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored
by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on
Design Automation (ACM SIGDA), the Electronic Systems Design Alliance
(ESDA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer's
Council on Electronic Design Automation (IEEE CEDA).

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