In 2012 Cadence hired Jim Ready, founder and former CTO of MontaVista Software. Right now Cadence is delivering IP core hardware but it is thinking about software. After all that's where the engineers are.
Tan is adamant that Cadence will continue to invest in the IP functions
it has acquired as well as looking out for more IP. "We have 600-plus
people in the IP R&D team. It's not just buy it and sell it as best
you can. We bought Denali in May 2010 and invested in them. It has done
really well for us," said Tan.
So does that mean Cadence will be
moving into other areas such as RF and software? What Cadence will
supply depends on what customers ask for. "Customers are starting to go
vertical. They employ three software engineers for every one hardware
engineer. So what software are they prepared to outsource?" asked Tan.
appointment of Ready was not widely reported at the time. "We are
interested in open-source, in Linux in software-defined networks,
software-defined radio. We are looking at lots of things," said Tan
that mean getting involved with projects such as the Heterogeneous
Systems Alliance Foundation, formed by Advanced Micro Devices, ARM and
others? Tan is non-committal. "ARM is a partner for many things. We
collaborate with ARM."
Tan also makes the point that while
Cadence prepares for the future it's prime directive is to listen to the
customer and what their pain points are, because that is what they will
buy right now. "In IP cores there is still a lot of room. The market is
in its early stages," he said.
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