SAN FRANCISCOAn executive from EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. Tuesday (Nov. 25) downplayed a report that first surfaced on EDA tool users' site Deepchip.com, which said that Cadence had "evicted" from membership a large number of software vendors from its Connections partnership program.
In an interview with EE Times, Pankaj Mayor, group director of business enablement at Cadence, said membership in the Connections program is fluid and that the list of member companies changes constantly. On a continual basis, companies drop off as they are acquired, decide the program no longer has value to them, or are denied membership extension when it is determined continuing partnership does not benefit Cadence, Mayor said.
Though he did not have the number of companies who were denied membership extension this year, Mayor disputed the notion that 48 companies were "kicked out" of the program, as was claimed by an anonymous letter first
posted on Deepchip Nov. 20. Mayor said he did not think the turnover in Connections this year was more than is typical with the program.
"This year, many new companies have joined the connections program and many have left," Mayor said, adding that the total number of companies is probably roughly the same as it was before.
Mayor noted that one factor in partnership decisions is the time and resources required on both sides. Cadence recently announced the
elimination of roughly 625 jobs, though it was not immediately known how many of those jobs were related to Connections.
Money and resources are also factors from the partners' side, he added, suggesting that this is a reason that some companies choose not to continue participating in Connections, a collaborative effort to support software suppliers offering complementary tools
"We have, I would say, the broadest partner program in the industry," Mayor said, noting that Cadence collaborates with between 200 and 250 companies through a variety of programs such as Connections, as well as other programs like the Cadence Foundry Program, IP Alliances, Channel Partners Program and ASICS Program.
Cadence (San Jose, Calif.)also maintains a Verification Alliance Program, collaborates closely with Mentor Graphics Corp. on Open Verification Methodology (OVM) and spearheads the Power Format Initiative around its Common Power Format, Mayor noted.