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Jim Edgerton
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re: What's in a Name?
Jim Edgerton   7/3/2008 5:31:15 AM
It's not a product, but I was always struck by the nested acronym of VITAL. It stood for VHDL Initiative toward ASIC Libraries. We all know what an ASIC is, so including that acronym if forgivable, but using two? And, of course VHDL stands for VHSIC hardware description language. And VHSIC stands for Very-High-Speed Integrated Circuits. Someone needs to hire a liberal arts major. Someone who didn't need a liberal arts major was the developer of the analog simulator acquired by Mentor over 10 years ago. The developer (based in Grenoble, France) believed his technology was tastier than SPICE (look it up, another painful acronym) so he chose to call it Sweet Electronics. Unfortunately, the elegant l'électronique douce was shortened to ELDO.

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