54th Design Automation Conference Announces Preliminary Attendance Numbers

Thousands of well-qualified attendees take advantage of expanded technical program, exhibits ecosystem

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 5, 2017 — The 54th Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier event devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems, attracted thousands of attendees from all over the world at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. All leading companies in the EDA, IP and IoT spaces, as well as major foundries, participated on the exhibit floor, in the technical program, and in DAC’s Monday tutorial sessions.

“We are very pleased with the interest the expanded topics brought to the technical program,” said Michael “Mac” McNamara, General Chair of the 54th DAC. “The machine learning tutorial on Monday was standing-room only, as was the AI panel session at the Pavilion and many other sessions. I was also thrilled with the world-class keynotes and our focus on IoT, which clearly caught the interest of the community. I sincerely thank sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, and technical contributors for making this all come together so well. With your help and involvement, DAC continues to have the most compelling program the design automation ecosystem, $6B business with a vibrant academic backing.”

DAC 2017 was held in the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, from Sunday June 18 to Thursday June 22 and offered attendees outstanding training, education, exhibits and networking opportunities. In addition, DAC 2017 included several fun activities for attendees to enjoy on the exhibit floor: the World of IoT exhibit hosted the Hardware Design Contest finalist highlighting their designs, a virtual reality experience and tech puzzles; the daily DAC Pavilion tear-down sessions and the location of the Designer/ IP Poster sessions, all brought excitement to the show floor and drove attendance to the exhibits.

“The quality of meetings we had over three days was outstanding,” said Ranjit Adhikary, Vice President Marketing at ClioSoft. “Being in Austin for the second time gave us an opportunity to reach out to design companies based in Texas as well key people from all over the world.”

Preliminary figures for the 2017 DAC in Austin shows:






Conference passes 1738

I LOVE DAC passes 1434

Exhibitors’ booth staff 1815

Total badges picked up



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