Gary Smith did a nice write-up on the current state of electronics media. It’s posted on his Gary Smith EDAwebsite. Traditional media certainly is in transition and there is more change to come, definitely. Gary lists me as one of the heroes carrying the flag which is very nice of him to say. In reality though, he missed Paul McLellan and Daniel Payne, who are also heroes of EDA media.
A few years ago Paul, Daniel and I were simple bloggers writing when we had the time and inspiration. Daniel Payne’s DAC blogs document the history of DAC exhibitors and track their progress throughout the years. Paul’s collection of blogs in book form “EDA Graffiti” is the best read on EDA today. Hopefully my blogs on the fabless semiconductor ecosystem have been of benefit as well.
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Its called crowd sourcing. Paul, Daniel, and I were joined by Eric Esteve and Don Dingee, and other bloggers who have something semiconductor to say. The SemiWiki forums are open to all members who would like a bully pulpit, and not surprisingly, the SemiWikicalendar of events is one of the highest traffic spots for those who want to engage with the semiconductor ecosystem.
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The other trend Gary pointed out is vendors hiring editors: Richard Goering works for Cadence, Michael Santarini works for Xilinx, Ron Wilson works for Altera, etc…. This is definitely a nail in the traditional media coffin and a big win for New Media, absolutely.
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