I think we need Watson for now so can start relaxing and watching the DVDs you mention...but later Watson will not need us, the AI system will decide what is the next step, we won't be involved, maybe in sales ;-)...Kris
No question, there will be differences between forums...but you will always find few people thinking they know something while they have no clue...better solution is to built a silicon compiler so you don't have to ask any questions...with the power of IBM Watson AI system it should be doable...and then machines with start designing ICs and we can all go home and rest ;-)...Kris
I agree @Duane...I have found forums to be totally useless...people who post things typically don't know what they are talking about...people that do know are too busy to post, or would rather collect dollars for their advice...Kris
One of the problems I see with forums, some subjects more so than others, is that you have to filter through an awful lot of kids asking someone to do their engineering homework before you can find anything useful.
As @ChristophZ says, "In 2005 ARM boughtKeil, so yes ARM writes there own compilers too", and some other silicon manufacturers have made the same.
Maintaining a complete integrated development suite (IDE) is costly and requires a lot of effort. What manufacturers like ARM, Microchip, Freescale, and others are doing is moving most software developing resources to one single part, the compilers toolchain, and let the open software community do the rest. This is accomplishable at present due to the maturity of projects like Eclipse.
Some manufacturers are acquiring the software development companies and others are creating strategic alliances with them.
In 2005 ARM boughtKeil, so yes ARM writes there own compilers too.
But as you correctely wrote, the Chip Vendors should openly document there architectures. Else we can't have a competition between tools and tool manufactures as we have in the software world. And competition is good for speed, efficiency (Power and time to market) and usability.
I agree. I'd much prefer a screen capture with a little text to a video. I find the increasing tendency to make everything into videos highly annoying. It's especailly true if you can't be sure which video will answer your question.
I find the secrecy around how to use certain features of EDA programs to be really annoying. It wouldn't be so bad if the help button would bring up something that actually answered my questions. A couple days ago, I was trying to figure out how to package the schematic. I found lots of help on how the packager worked and what the options were but nothing that said what menu to open or what button to click. I finally figured it out by noticing an icon in a dialog box on one of the help screens.
For most stuff, I don't want a video. For a number of reasons. You can do a screen capture showing where a menu item should be. That and a little text is much more efficient that a video. " hi, this is so and so and I'm here to show you how to add a node to an existing net... bla bla bla". I agree in having stuff available via web. I just don't want to have to fire up a video to do it.