Software Costs Skyrocketing for SOCs

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Software design costs for SOCs will grow at a CAGR of 138.9% through the 14nm node.  The situation is just as bad, if not worse, for complex embedded systems.  What’s a poor design team to do?

Just Go with the Design Flow

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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I’ve been thinking a lot about design flows lately.  We’re working through system level design flows at Foresight and exploring how they integrate with detailed flows for implementation.  After some wandering about, I’ve started to formulate definite ideas regarding how this is going to move forward.

The PCB Is The System, for Taray

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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Taray’s Bruce Riggins has published a very well written and compelling article on the company’s “7Circuits” product.  From Taray’s perspective, the system is the PCB, and he’s done an excellent job of explaining how their tools solve a number of complex problems.  He even works in a Star Trek reference – always a plus.

From Whence Innovation?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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Is innovation the sole province of small companies, or do engineers innovate no matter where they are?  Does nimbleness and aggression trump resources and an installed base?  EDA Graffiti hosts two guest posts that each present a side of the issue.

The History of EDA on One Page

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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Paul McLellan has another excellent post that goes through the history of the EDA industry quickly, but thoroughly.  Take a look, it’s really well done.  Both old timers and the less seasoned should enjoy it.

A Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

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While we’re all completely engaged in moving the systems engineering industry forward, sometimes it’s good to ponder the casualties.  It’s apparently goodbye to Agility Design Solutions.

Missing In Action: Open-Source EDA Tools

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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Paul McLellan presents an extremely well reasoned explanation for the stark absence of open-source technology in the commercial EDA tools space.

EDA Vendors Talk about ESL

Friday, December 12th, 2008

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The Editor-in-Chief of SOC Central interviewed representatives from Synopsys, Mentor Graphics, CoWare and Cadence for a recent webcast.  They talked about ESL, the benefits and obstacles to adoption, and how tools from their companies can be used to implement an ESL flow.

Design Tools “as-a-Service?”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

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It seems like the issue of / opportunity for “hosted” design tools comes up every so often, but the concept never seems to take off.  Will this time be any different?

System Design is “the most challenging problem”

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

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EETimes’ Gabe Moretti advises the EDA companies to look beyond their current business and work on solving the challenges of system design.