While the semiconductor industry is showing signs of recovering from the recession, most design companies are still limiting new spending, according to Walden Rhines.
The chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics was in India when he made those comments.
Rhines was also keynoting the EDA Tech Forum in Bangalore last week, where Neeraj Paliwal, Vice President of NXP India used the current outbreak of H1N1 flu as an example to call for the use of more technology to accelerate viral test results.
Over the past weekend, it was reported that Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug has passed away.
Known as the father of the "green revolution" he is reported to have saved perhaps 1 billion lives by transforming agriculture through high-yield crop varieties and other innovations, helping to more than double world food production between 1960 and 1990. He may have averted world hunger.
It's commendable to see our industry look beyond chips and tools and find solutions to the big picture problems in our lives.
Can EDA be applied to not just design faster, smaller and cheaper chips for the next batch of computer-based entertainment, but also as crop for projects on the scale of a continuing "green revolution"?