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DesignCon returns, in-person and in a new venue

14 July 2021

Billed as a “must-attend” event for chip, board and systems design engineers — and the largest event of its kind in North America — DesignCon 2021 will be held in person from August 16-18 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The annual event was last held in early 2020 before the COVID pandemic forced many similar trade shows and conferences to turn to a virtual format.

DesignCon 2021 will be held August 16-18 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Source: Informa MarketsDesignCon 2021 will be held August 16-18 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Source: Informa MarketsAccording to its organizers, DesignCon outgrew the capacity of its former venue space in nearby Santa Clara; the new space offers assurances of in-person safety as the first convention center in Northern California to receive GBAC STAR accreditation, a cleaning industry standard from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council aimed at addressing outbreak prevention, response and recovery.

The event offers both an expo showcasing high-speed design tools, technologies and developments and a conference with over 100 sessions spanning 14 learning tracks, including several focused specifically on measurement, simulation or testing. As part of the expo, free hours of education and technical training will also be available at the Keysight Education Forum, sponsored by electronic measurement innovator Keysight Technologies.

Additional standout features of the event include the Chiphead Theater, which hosts presentations, workshops, demos and expert-led panels; Career Zone, a new resource for networking and guidance; and a daily booth bar crawl. A partner conference, Drive World and the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), will be co-located at DesignCon, expanding the event’s focus into automotive intelligence and advanced mobility.

Among other interesting facts and figures underscoring the importance of technologies relevant to the event, the DesignCon website cites a recent statistic forecasting an increased valuation of the global test and equipment market from $27.9 billion to $43.1 billion by 2030.

The event schedule is as follows:

Conference hours

  • Monday, August 16, 2021: 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 8 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Expo hours

  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 11 AM – 6 PM
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 11 AM – 6 PM

For attendees who register online in advance, expo admission is free.

For more information, visit DesignCon online.

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