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Software as a service in EDA: Part 1

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harrytheASICguy
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harrytheASICguy   11/25/2008 3:33:41 PM
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Good article Gary. I've been predicting this migration on my blog for several months. The most interesting discussion was here http://theasicguy.com/2008/10/29/whos-right-gary-or-seth/. This is not just idle musing. I have personally discussed this model with several potential customers of this type of service and to people in small and large EDA companies, and they all agree that the combination of Cloud Computing and SaaS is a win for the customer. The ability to quickly ramp up capability with little initial cost investment and to scale compute needs (HW and SW) to demand are the biggest advantages. Need 100 licenses to run regression sims overnight? No problem! This also opens the door to innovative EDA tools that can take advantage of large scale (100's of CPUs) multiprocessing. On the other hand, the biggest roadblock is that the Big 3 (now Big 1?) have little incentive to cannibalize their other tools sales and risk their revenue stream by trying something so different. However, Cadence now has an "opportunity" to reinvent itself and they have been the most innovative with new business models (eDACard), so maybe they'll do it. If not, small-med EDA companies (e.g. PDTi) are eventually going to figure out how to do this and turn the industry upside down. As I said, this has been a recurring topic on my blog http://theasicguy.com/ so people who are interested in this topic can find more there. Regards, Harry

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pitchMonk1   11/25/2008 4:24:23 AM
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While Cadence has put down nice infrastructure to address SaaS, I am afraid the business models are not adequate. I think SaaS is driven in marketing by people who do not understand SaaS business models. One of the tenets of SaaS is that you should be able to offer and price modules which could be easily customizable. This is 180 degrees opposite of a solution approach. It will be interesting to see how Cadence adapts the business model or else, this will spell doom for Cadence and may be for the whole EDA industry.

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jeremy.ralph   11/24/2008 6:11:11 PM
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SpectaReg.com is an EDA SaaS, for automating addressable register interfaces (i.e. the firmware / hardware interface).

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