SoC and C4I
Driven by the rapid growth of the Internet, wireless communications, and pervasive computing, the integration of an entire VLSI system onto a single silicon chip has brought revolutionary changes to the IT industry and become increasingly important. The proliferation of System-on-Chip (SoC) devices is evidenced by the ubiquity of cellular phones, portable music and video players, set-top-boxes, digital cameras, etc. The design and manufacturing of SoC systems have become the driving force behind the march to even smaller, faster, and cheaper semiconductor devices.
The SoC track of EITC-2008 provides a forum for sharing recent advances and discussing new challenges in the SoC design. We hope it will bring together SoC experts from both academic and industrial communities to discuss and solve critical hardware and software issues in SoC designs. It is our goal to develop cost-effective, low-power, and secure SoC systems and applications with increased productivity. At EITC-2008, topics of interest on the SoC track include, but are not limited to, design methodology, design automation tools, system architectures, real-time OS and applications, security, and manufacturing technologies.
With the dramatic and progressive improvement of computing and communications technologies, the Internet today has evolved into a diverse computing platform and infrastructure to support programmability and software-driven services on a global scale. The Internet services arena represents the next major bellwether in the IT industry, very much like the PC revolution and the web. Internet services such as search, web community, web email, and instant messaging have already made a huge impact on people’s daily lives, and have changed the nature of work and interactions.
With the ubiquity of broadband and wireless networking, people are increasingly being drawn toward software-based Internet services. This is because of the pervasiveness and simplicity of such services, and its ability to deliver integrated and seamless user experiences. The Internet services wave is not only causing a paradigm shift in computing that started with consumers but is also progressively working its ways toward enterprise development with the growing importance of service-based Internet economics. A good example is the new business model now emerging in the form of advertising-supported services and software.
To understand the new challenges and opportunities Internet services presents, the Content, Computer, Communications, Consumer electronics, and Integration (C4I) program track will bring together researchers and industry leaders to share their insights on technical trends and discuss what the IT industry can do to leverage the Internet services wave.