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chipmonk0   6/3/2013 4:12:14 PM
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a quick glance at the Accenture report revealed one nugget - " design systems affordable for the growing middle class in developing countries - they may also become competitive & disruptive products in the developed world ". Both Taiwan & China seem to be following that path - e,g. mid to low end SoC processors for SmartPhones & Tablets .

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chipmonk0   6/3/2013 4:12:14 PM
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a quick glance at the Accenture report revealed one nugget - " design systems affordable for the growing middle class in developing countries - they may also become competitive & disruptive products in the developed world ". Both Taiwan & China seem to be following that path - e,g. mid to low end SoC processors for SmartPhones & Tablets .

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DavidAQS   6/3/2013 1:47:08 PM
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My question is how do Contract Manufacturers that provide extensive design support prepare for advances? How do we stay abreast of rapid changes to stay more competitive?

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DavidAQS   6/3/2013 1:47:08 PM
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My question is how do Contract Manufacturers that provide extensive design support prepare for advances? How do we stay abreast of rapid changes to stay more competitive?

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garydpdx   6/2/2013 4:16:38 AM
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Formalizing innovation need not be introducing committees to manage the process. Google is famous for allowing one day per week (on average) for its team to experiment with new ideas ... and most of its innovation (e.g., the driverless car) has come out of that. In electronics and EDA, the struggle seems to be finding the strength to break out of the same old, same old.

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garydpdx   6/2/2013 4:16:38 AM
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Formalizing innovation need not be introducing committees to manage the process. Google is famous for allowing one day per week (on average) for its team to experiment with new ideas ... and most of its innovation (e.g., the driverless car) has come out of that. In electronics and EDA, the struggle seems to be finding the strength to break out of the same old, same old.

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garydpdx   6/2/2013 4:05:52 AM
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Innovation is often confused with invention, but it does go beyond that. Southwest Airlines is often cited as an example of a company that innovates, taking ideas from line workers (and, interestingly, it is the most unionized of all major US airlines; the secret sauce is the flexibility that both sides negotiated into their contracts, which is ... an innovation!). Bringing this back to electronics design, the major innovation of the 90's was the move to RTL design with HDL's like VHDL and Verilog. Along with synthesis technology, which has helped to boost Synopsys to #1 in the EDA industry. How much resistance was there to moving to RTL from schematic capture, back then? And how does it compare to the struggle to move to ESL from RTL? One definition of insanity is repeating the same action, hoping to get a different result next time. When will electronics firm executives scream "Wake Up!!!" a la Jim Morrisson on "Live Doors" after signing another cheque for a couple million to bail out a chip project on the back end?

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garydpdx   6/2/2013 4:05:52 AM
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Innovation is often confused with invention, but it does go beyond that. Southwest Airlines is often cited as an example of a company that innovates, taking ideas from line workers (and, interestingly, it is the most unionized of all major US airlines; the secret sauce is the flexibility that both sides negotiated into their contracts, which is ... an innovation!). Bringing this back to electronics design, the major innovation of the 90's was the move to RTL design with HDL's like VHDL and Verilog. Along with synthesis technology, which has helped to boost Synopsys to #1 in the EDA industry. How much resistance was there to moving to RTL from schematic capture, back then? And how does it compare to the struggle to move to ESL from RTL? One definition of insanity is repeating the same action, hoping to get a different result next time. When will electronics firm executives scream "Wake Up!!!" a la Jim Morrisson on "Live Doors" after signing another cheque for a couple million to bail out a chip project on the back end?

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tmccorm   6/1/2013 7:20:48 PM
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The term "innovation" has (unfortunately) become a bit of a marketing buzzword. It commonly appears in public facing literature, but seems to be rare otherwise in more recent days. As innovation is, by definition, doing something new, does a company that aspires to be innovative look for new ways to do things or does it encourage (or even enforce) the status quo? Creativity is the root of innovation and it is all too fragile. A formal system of innovation encouragement is a significant step, but I would think that a company that aspires to be innovative should be taking a long look at its corporate culture in general and the fate of anyone that utters, "hey, I have an idea" in particular.

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tmccorm   6/1/2013 7:20:48 PM
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The term "innovation" has (unfortunately) become a bit of a marketing buzzword. It commonly appears in public facing literature, but seems to be rare otherwise in more recent days. As innovation is, by definition, doing something new, does a company that aspires to be innovative look for new ways to do things or does it encourage (or even enforce) the status quo? Creativity is the root of innovation and it is all too fragile. A formal system of innovation encouragement is a significant step, but I would think that a company that aspires to be innovative should be taking a long look at its corporate culture in general and the fate of anyone that utters, "hey, I have an idea" in particular.

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