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Is EDA IP Vastly Underleveraged?

Arthur Hanson

Active member
It looks to me that the process the EDA companies use to develop their IP may be vastly under leveraged and could be put to use in a vast number of different fields. The many EDA firms have spent significant time and resources building processes that enable them to sell platforms that greatly increase not only the productivity, but the quality of products and are advancing this at a blistering pace unrivaled in any other field. Is it possible EDA firms could spread their costs by working with other companies that build similar platforms, but in different fields. Autodesk is but one company that comes to mind and there are several companies that are into automating design work in an ever growing number of fields. This would involve looking outside their current ecosystems for what could be mutually beneficial relationships that wouldn't harm either parties competitive position and actually make them both stronger. Handling and processing of knowledge is still in its early days and AI/ML combined with big data is still in its very early days and promise a revolution that will be changing our world beyond recognition, just as powered transportation and the industrial revolution totally changed the world's entire societies socially, politically and technologically. It seems a waste to develop such powerful tools at such great cost in time, money and talent and only use many of them in a limited area. The EDA world has a choice, it can be a source of AI/ML or it can fall victim to it. Any thoughts or comments on this would be greatly appreciated or any knowledge of any EDA companies already making moves in this direction. Thanks
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