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12/14/2010 01:42 AM EST
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greg-williams
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greg-williams   12/20/2010 2:57:24 PM
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The EDA field really needs to learn from recent development in test and development methodologies that are rapidly increasing in the embedded software realm. Unit testing, and interface mocking are much more effective means of system design than model-based development. Model-based design tools tend to be much too heavy handed and generate horrible C code. Unfortunately, the lack of maturity of tools for supporting this type of development are scarce or even non-existent in the EDA field of play. This presents a real opportunity for improvement in this area of engineering, but requires a break from traditional methods of design and considering that model-based design is not THE way of moving EDA design forward.

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Jo Borel   12/15/2010 8:49:07 AM
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I am not surprised by the statement...a little bit late reaction in my opinion since it was my comment to a Wally presentation in Grenoble a few years ago. Also stated clearly in my Catrene program proposal below http://www.catrene.org/web/communication/publ_eda.php Next question:When will EDA/Design founderies will develop????

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eewiz   12/15/2010 6:06:39 AM
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"Yes, I do see total EDA revenues increasing," Rhines said. "It is just that it will not come from people buying more simulators. It will come from other major changes, the whole paradigm change with more and more design is done at higher levels of abstraction, C-based design, synthesis, and where there is more hardware and software co-verification is done both in software at the transaction level and done with emulators at the hardware level." Have been hearing the same for atleast past five years. Nothing changed till now. IMO the problem with the EDA industry is that they dont have a steve jobs. Gimme a tool which can design a Mixed signal IC in 1 month and you will see how many more people will buy the tools,start new designs, startups will comeup ... EDA industry couldnt manage the complexity in the design process and mostly handed it down to engineers and in some cases introduced un-necessary complexity which resulted in very limited number of people who can use it and ultimately stagnant revenues.

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docdivakar   12/15/2010 5:31:12 AM
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@VincePG: your analysis pretty much sums it up! How ever, I would have liked to see a correlation between the % of PhD's returning to the number of design starts, startups and other efforts that utilized EDA's relevance. I hear a number of opportunities in automobile and aerospace industries, solar, medical electronics, etc. quoted by Dr. Rhines but I don't see any furthering of thoughts to indicate growth for EDA business. Some of it like "we in the EDA business need to look more broadly at the problems to solve" is beginning to sound a bit like EDA-360! By the way, here are some links to more coverage of Dr. Rhine's interaction with EDA professionals at Bangalore: http://www.pradeepchakraborty.com/2010/12/mentors-wally-rhines-on-global-eda.html Here is another blog where you will see a pic of Dr. Rhines that you have never seen before! http://www.pradeepchakraborty.com/2010/12/eda-and-emerging-system-design.html With the Mysore Peta (turban-like), the shawl and garland, he is now officially a Pundit! Dr. MP Divakar

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Sheetal.Pandey   12/15/2010 3:52:52 AM
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No doubt MG has some of the best tools to support design. Do they support system level design also? I would like to know more about it.

VincePG
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VincePG   12/15/2010 3:29:12 AM
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The most notable piece of information in this article is that in 2000, 97% of PhDs who finished their doctorates in the US stayed in the US. That number is way down in 2010, and the trend is growing, particularly for Chinese and Indian PhDs. The US better start investing in scientific education and home growing it’s theoretical base or we are doomed to be a second rate technology power in the 21st century. The rest of this article they've been writing the same thing for 10 years: system focus, more efficient simulation techniques for semis, brut force techniques are obsolete, yada-yada-yada.

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