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The Ultimate SPICE Circuit Simulator

The Ultimate SPICE Circuit Simulator
by Daniel Payne on 01-03-2011 at 1:19 pm


I love SPICE and Fast SPICE circuit simulators, so here’s my feature list for the ultimate SPICE circuit simulator:

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  • Input netlists – HSPICE, Spectre, ELDO
  • Multi-core support – parse and simulate fast and accurate
  • LRC Reduction – built-in LRC reduction with a few knobs to control accuracy
  • Tuning
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    The Future of Semiconductor Design!

    The Future of Semiconductor Design!
    by Daniel Nenni on 12-26-2010 at 10:15 pm

    Is EDA still an appropriate term for what we do? What applications will drive future semiconductor design innovation? Will further consolidation be required for EDA to thrive again? They are all good questions, questions that will hopefully be properly addressed at the EDAC CEO Forecast and Industry Vision event next week but… Read More


    Semiconductor and EDA Forecasts 2011 / 2012

    Semiconductor and EDA Forecasts 2011 / 2012
    by Daniel Nenni on 12-19-2010 at 5:25 pm


    Of course these are rolling forecasts which means they change every month, until they get them right. The missing forecaster here is Mike Cowen, developer of the Cowan LRA Model which forecasts global semiconductor sales. Mike has 2011 at a hilarious 2.3%! Below are the mid year market forecasts which were revised significantlyRead More


    Mentor – Cadence Merger and the Federal Trade Commission

    Mentor – Cadence Merger and the Federal Trade Commission
    by Daniel Nenni on 12-12-2010 at 5:33 pm


    More consolidation is coming to EDA and so is the Federal Trade Commission. Corporate raider Carl Ichan owns 15% of Mentor Graphics and now owns 1% of Cadence. Ichan buddy multi billionaire George Soros, a long time CDNS investor, just purchased more than 76 million convertible notes of MENT.You do the math…

    Unfortunately the FTC… Read More


    Webinar on Accelerating Analog Layout Productivity

    Webinar on Accelerating Analog Layout Productivity
    by Daniel Payne on 12-08-2010 at 11:58 pm

    MONROVIA, California – December 7, 2010 – With pressure to reduce time to market and with resources increasingly constrained, tools that can enable maximum productivity for analog and mixed-signal design are mission-critical. Tanner EDA, the catalyst for innovation for the design, layout and verification of analog and mixed-signal… Read More


    Tanner EDA Then and Now

    Tanner EDA Then and Now
    by Daniel Payne on 11-26-2010 at 9:44 pm

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    Looking back at an early issue of a Tanner Research newsletter, “Tanner Tools News”, from the mid-1990s, the theme at that time was growth, just as it is again now for Tanner EDA. At that time we were averaging 66% revenue growth per year, enjoying rapid growth as a small start-up. Fast-forward to current day, where we… Read More


    Mentor Acquires Magma?

    Mentor Acquires Magma?
    by Daniel Nenni on 11-21-2010 at 5:39 pm

    **This blog was written a year ago. Several people emailed me last week saying Mentor is trying for Magma again so I thought I would run it again to see what we can find out!D.A.N. 11/21/2011

    “I believe that within five years only two EDA companies will survive,” said Magma Design Automation Rajeev Madhavan (Silicom Ventures LLC internationalRead More


    Computational Lithography, Scaling’s Best Friend

    Computational Lithography, Scaling’s Best Friend
    by glforte on 11-03-2010 at 11:51 pm

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    By Joseph Sawicki, Vice President & General Manager, Design to Silicon Division

    It is one of the more amazing stories in the continued march of Moore’s Law over the past four nodes. Previously scaling was enabled solely though changes in the physical domain, whether through decreasing the wavelength of light, increasing … Read More


    What Do You Mean by Mandatory?

    What Do You Mean by Mandatory?
    by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 6:00 pm

    When TSMC and Mentor Graphics held a joint seminar for mutual customers to go over new DFM requirements at 45/40 nm, two customers basically asked the same question, “What do you mean by mandatory?” Of course, TSMC wasn’t going to stand over them and say, “Mandatory means mandatory, what part of mandatory don’t you understand?” … Read More