SAN FRANCISCO In a break from previous policy, Cadence Design Systems Inc. has not extended invitations to at least some competing companies to participate in its users' group conference this year, EE Times has learned.
Spokespersons at Synopsys Inc., Mentor Graphics Corp. and Magma Design Automation Inc. have confirmed that their companies have been informed by Cadence that they will not be invited to participate in CDNLive!, scheduled for next month in San Jose, Calif. In previous years, the companies have been invited to participate in the users' group meeting as partners, and have staged booths at the event.
The move to ban competitors from its users' group conference could fuel backlash against Cadence, the EDA market leader. Many in EDA have commented, publicly and privately, in recent months that Cadence appears to be disengaging from the rest of EDA.
Cadence (San Jose) declined to secure space on the exhibition floor for the 44th Design Automation Conference (DAC) next year, fueling speculation that the company is considering pulling out of DAC altogether. A spokesperson for Cadence last month said that the company had nothing further to say about the failure to select booth space at this time.
A spokesperson for Cadence Tuesday (Aug. 15) strongly denied that the company's actions represent in any way a "disengagement" from the EDA community, saying that that is "absolutely not the case." Citing the lack of significant growth in EDA over the past several years, the spokesperson said the company has determined that its time to try some different things.
"If you continue to do the same things that have never lead to the doubling of the [EDA] industry, it's probably not going to lead to the doubling of the industry," the spokesperson said. "There is no planned or overt disengagement."
The Synopsys, Mentor and Magma spokespersons reached by EE Times declined to speculate on Cadence's reasoning. Magma's spokesperson said the snub would not preclude Magma from inviting Cadence to participate in its users' group meeting, if it made sense to do so.