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EDA Interoperability at DAC

EDA Interoperability at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-17-2011 at 4:42 pm

Intro
My Wednesday breakfast at DAC last week was at the Interoperability event sponsored by Synopsys. The Synopsys moderator was so jovial that he reminded me of Jerry Lewis, I was relieved when the guests gave us an update.

Notes
Interconnect Modeling- Open Source Interconnect Technology Format (ITF)o Used by Star RC

–… Read More


Synopsys IC Validator at DAC

Synopsys IC Validator at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-14-2011 at 3:14 pm

Intro
At DAC last week I visited the Synopsys demo suite to see what’s new with IC Validator.


Notes
Stelios Diamantidis, PMM
– In-design physical verification
– Sign-off reveals thousands of late stage DRC violations
– 28nm has 1.5K rules, 15K runset sizes
– Metal Fill changes timing
– The… Read More


HSPICE gets Faster, better Convergence

HSPICE gets Faster, better Convergence
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 5:53 pm

Hany El Hak – Product Marketing Manager

Frederik Iverson – AE

Scott Wetch – HSPICE Architect

HSPICE – 5 years ago convergence was not so good, while 95% of analog circuits today converge out of the box, no options are required.

Synopsys AMS Portfolio – wide range of tools
– Custom Designer: IC schematic and layout tools
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2011 Semiconductor Design Forecast: Partly Cloudy!

2011 Semiconductor Design Forecast: Partly Cloudy!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-29-2011 at 11:39 am

This was my first SNUG (Synopsys User Group) meeting as media so it was a ground breaking event. Media was still barred from some of the sessions but hey, it’s a start. The most blog worthy announcement on day 1 was that Synopsys signed a deal with Amazon to bring the cloud to mainstream EDA!

Even more blog worthy was a media roundtable… Read More


Synopsys at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference

Synopsys at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference
by Paul McLellan on 02-21-2011 at 7:00 pm

Aart de Geus was interviewed at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference last week. Here is some of what he said. Strong Q1, good Q2 outlook, on-track for 2011 guidance. Strong rebound in Far East, Europe mixed, North America good. 80% revenue for year booked by start of year, 90% revenue for a quarter already booked at start of quarter.… Read More


Aart de Geus ( Synopsys ) for Governor!

Aart de Geus ( Synopsys ) for Governor!
by Daniel Nenni on 01-17-2011 at 7:22 pm

Seriously, I would vote for Aart, he would make a great California Governor. You will probably not meet a more fiscally responsible CEO. Synopsys is one of the best run companies in Silicon Valley and was recently rated in the top 25 on social media site glassdoor.com. Aart ( SNPS ) has a 92% approval rate, Wally ( MENT ) 80%, Lip-Bu ( … Read More


EDA / IP Business Model Debate

EDA / IP Business Model Debate
by Daniel Nenni on 01-09-2011 at 11:39 am

First, lets review the business model transitions EDA has seen. We started with perpetual licensing which is a software license for the life of the product. EDA companies did their best to change product names to get incremental revenue above and beyond the yearly 15% maintenance fee but that is a dead end business model for a confined… Read More


GlobalFoundries Exposed, Part II!

GlobalFoundries Exposed, Part II!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-12-2010 at 10:02 pm

EDA CEO panels are usually rather dull but this one definitely held my interest. It was standing room only and I was surrounded by familiar faces from not only EDA and IP company executives, but also representatives from the top semiconductor companies around the world! The theme of course was collaboration, promoting the GFI “IDM-Like”… Read More


Google versus Synopsys (EDA)

Google versus Synopsys (EDA)
by Daniel Nenni on 12-07-2009 at 11:04 pm

This Blog is a follow-up to my ever popular declaration that EDA is DEAD. I know comparing Google to Synopsys is apples and oranges, or more appropriately comparing apples and prunes, but the business model contrast is relevant. Googled: The End of the World As We Know It is absolutely the best book on Google to date. I also read PlanetRead More