This week Celoxica announced the results of a survey Rosy future yet 86% of designers report no ESL training indicating a major disconnect in ESL training although ESL use will dramatically increase.
Of those responding to the survey, 30% currently use RTL entry and simulation. It will be interesting to see the impact of an increase in use of C-based ESL design languages in future designs. Yet, RTL tool providers have little to worry about if designers don’t get trained, and soon.
I've covered other industries in the past--and there seemed always to be a wealth of forums, user groups, consortiums, etc. that provided much-needed support to designers as new technologies took hold. Where is that in this industry? There is so much taking place outside of traditional semiconductor design, and usage is spread over so many industries, that it seems mind boggling that the engineering community can keep up. The 86% figures show they can't.
So what can be done to get you some training? How concerned are you? Please log on to Forums and let's discuss this--maybe we can get something going?