San Francisco, CA--February 24, 1997--The Intellectual Property in Electronics Conference (IP'97) announced that it has opened an online discussion site on its Web site (http://www.ip97.com). The conference organizer is inviting all interested individuals with opinions on how to resolve fundamental issues inhibiting the widespread use of synthesizable to join the discussion thread and answer any or all of the ten questions posted.
EDA industry analysts Rita Glover, principal analyst at EDA Today, and Gary Smith, principal analyst for the Worldwide EDA Service at Dataquest have posted their answers to the discussion site's questions, providing controversial opinions which the IP'97 organizers believe will provoke spirited response.
Smith predicted that the commercial IP industry would wither away in two years. He also observed that the main problem with design reuse IP is with standards--or the lack of them.
Glover believes that a completely free market in third-party design reuse IP is currently impossible because "of an inability to adequately protect the IP..."
IP'97 invites editors, analysts, and other industry opinion makers to contribute their answers and comments to IP questions that are going to be raised at this conference. To participate in the IP'97 online forum, go directly to www.ip97.com/forum.htm. Click on any or all of the ten questions and previously submitted answers will appear. Respondents will see a button to select in order to personally answer the question. Questions and submitted answers can also be viewed at www.leepr.com/clientsnews/IP97/issues.html.
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