What's the software/hardware breakdown in system designs?
A panel at the just concluded ESC delved into the issues.
The gist of this "Who's Taking over Whom " Is EDA moving into Embedded or Embedded into EDA?" video
was that semiconductor providers no longer sell chips without associated embedded software and have consequently taken on more of the application knowledge and hired a significant number of software developers.
Speakers included execs from Cadence, CoWare, Synopsys, Tensilica and Wind River.
An alternative software delivery model for the EDA companies is being expounded by the folks at Gary Smith EDA (GSEDA).
The notion of software-as-service (SaaS) in EDA is being brought up again. According to principle analyst Sharon Tan, the EDA market is not a newcomer to the world of hosted applications and services. Reaching customers via the Internet was the goal. Too many concerns about Internet security and limited bandwidth killed off that business model.
Tan shares her thoughts: "Today there may be a way for SaaS to be useful in EDA. It's an approach that will work for some users, but not all." Also: "Properly deployed, SaaS and hosted applications may find a foothold in certain segments of the EDA community."
In view of chip development market windows shortening, software development becoming prominent in EDA, and economic times being what they are, what is your take on the software business model and do you think that it would work for you at your company?
You can share your thoughts by dropping me a line.