Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
User Rank
re: Viewpoint: The coming tsunami in the electronics ocean
Neo10   7/14/2010 6:07:09 AM
While the market for mixed signal design is large and growing the same cannot be said of the EDA tools. Though there is large scope for addressing the challenges in this domain the total market value for tools is not going to be as big as either analog or digital alone and once the interface modeling is conquered it's a plateau.

User Rank
re: Viewpoint: The coming tsunami in the electronics ocean
UdaraW   7/11/2010 3:39:05 AM
Yes, the design teams are going to be pressed both turnaround-time-wise and cost-wise. With the design teams getting ever smaller, and the time-to-market pressures increasing, it is going to be a tsunami on the design engineers.....! There is an un-addressed need for EDA tools to evolve. Instead of true mixed-signal designs, what most fab-less companies do today is to get the analog blocks designed by some external 3rd party and insert the blocks inside digital fabrics. Here the interfacing becomes an error-prone domain. Server processing resources for system-wide simulations and for timing extraction are areas where the lacks in EDA capabilities become pressing issues. Further, one reason why true mixed-signal design expertise is not abundant, is the lack of widely used and popular EDA tools. Design engineers tend to develop to become either analog experts or digital experts, but not mixed-signal experts. If and when a strong EDA tool emerge, and it becomes widely used, it will help create its own market demand by assisting the growth of a new breed of true mixed-signal design engineers. Therefore, the first mixed-signal EDA tool to gain strong market penetration, may entertain aspirations of becoming monopolistic-ally large.

old account Frank Eory
User Rank
re: Viewpoint: The coming tsunami in the electronics ocean
old account Frank Eory   7/8/2010 8:33:37 PM
The wall between analog and digital design has been lowered somewhat, but it is still there and the EDA industry has still not adequately addressed the integration of the two. There are indeed opportunities for EDA companies to "catch the wave," and I sincerely hope they do -- otherwise we designers are going to be overwhelmed by that tsunami!

Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

March 28 is Arduino Day -- Break Out the Party Hats!
Max Maxfield
Well, here's a bit of a conundrum. I just received an email from my chum David Ashton who hails from the "Unfinished Continent" Down Under. David's message was short and sweet; all he said ...

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
Bernard Cole
1 Comment
Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

Martin Rowe

Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
Martin Rowe
Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Flash Poll