Author Notification: March 21st.

COMPETE for the $1,000 and JOIN the HALL-OF-FAME

For the first time in SMACD Conferences, the 2023 edition, which will take place at Madeira Island from the 3rd to the 5th of July,
will also hold a thrilling and dynamic event where M.Sc. and Ph.D. students can compete with their best use of EDA
methodologies, to reach one unique yet challenging goal:



All participants must submit a paper (following SMACD 2023 submission guidelines) that fits into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Novel IC designs whose performances compete within the state-of-the-art of its research field (at least including Post-Layout simulations);
  2. ICs designs where at least one step of its development flow was partially (or fully) assisted by custom/academic Computer-Aided Design and/or Electronic Design Automation tools;
  3. IC designs clearly identifying one or more steps of the development flow that would greatly benefit from the development of new Computer-Aided Design and/or Electronic Design Automation tools.

The layout of the circuit must be present and a prototype test is considered an added value. The first author of the submission and presenter at the conference must be a MSc or a PhD student!

Important Notes

  • All accepted submissions in the IC Design Contest will be presented by the students in special sessions and published in the conference proceedings.
  • Papers not accepted for the contest short-list will still be considered by the technical program committee for the SMACD 023 regular sessions.
Call for EDA Competition

Important Dates

February 3rd, 2023
Paper Submission Deadline
February 19th, 2023
Extended Paper Submission Deadline
February 26th, 2023
Final Paper Submission Deadline
March 17th, 2023
Author Notification
March 21st, 2023
Author Notification
March 31st, 2023
Camera Ready Paper Submission
March 31st, 2023
Early Registration Deadline

Topics of Interest

IC designs resulting or enhanced by EDA methodologies and tools related to all aplication topics of the SMACD23, e.g., AMS, RF and multidomain circuits, and, also, emerging devices.

Evaluation Criteria

A Judging Committee will select the winner(s) based on the quality of the paper, the presentation at the conference and the Q&A during the special session, using the following criteria:

  • Complexity of the problem posed in the paper.
  • Level of EDA support to reach the presented IC design
  • Robustness of the design solutions (e.g., against parasitics, variability, etc.).
• Level of EDA support to reach the presented IC design, at least one of the topics below should have been part of the IC design process, e.g.: • Robustness of the design solution (e.g., against parasitics, variability, reliability, etc.)


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