Mentor Graphics Makes a Transition

Mentor Graphics Makes a Transition
by Daniel Nenni on 09-07-2018 at 12:00 pm

This is the fourteenth in the series of “20 Questions with Wally Rhines”

I joined Mentor Graphics (now Mentor, A Siemens Business), in late 1993. Tom Engibous, one of my direct reporting people at TI, was promoted to replace me as head of the Semiconductor business of TI and I moved on to what I knew would be a real challenge,… Read More


3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms

3D Product Design Collaboration in MCAD and ECAD Platforms
by Tom Dillinger on 04-25-2017 at 12:00 pm

Consumer electronics demand aggressive mechanical enclosure design — product volume, weight, shape, and connector access are all critical design optimization criteria. Mechanical CAD (MCAD) software platforms are used by product engineers to develop the enclosure definition — the integration of the PCB design… Read More


The 4C’s of PCB Design

The 4C’s of PCB Design
by Tom Dillinger on 04-20-2017 at 12:00 pm

The diamond jewelry industry encourages customers to focus on the 4C’s — cut, clarity, color, and carats. At the recent PCB Forum conducted by Mentor (a Siemens business) in Santa Clara, I learned that current system design flows also require an emphasis on the 4C’s — collaboration, concurrency, consistencyRead More


Making your AMS Simulators Faster (webinar)

Making your AMS Simulators Faster (webinar)
by Daniel Payne on 10-24-2016 at 12:00 pm

I’ve been following Cadence Design Systems ever since it was formed in 1988 by the merger of SDA Systems and ECAD, Inc. At that time I was working at Silicon Compiler Systems, soon to be acquired by Mentor Graphics. ClioSoft is another company that I’ve known about for several years now, mostly for their design management… Read More


Happy Birthday Dear Cadence…

Happy Birthday Dear Cadence…
by Paul McLellan on 08-14-2013 at 8:30 pm

Cadence is 25 years old this year, on June 1st if you want to be precise.

The most direct ancestor of Cadence was SDA (which might or might not have stood for Solomon Design Automation). SDA was founded by Jim Solomon in 1983. It turns out that a guy I shared an office with while we were both doing our PhDs in Edinburgh Scotland was one of … Read More


Another Winner at DesignCon

Another Winner at DesignCon
by Daniel Payne on 02-08-2013 at 5:44 pm

After a show like DesignConwraps up we get a chance to ask ourself what it all meant, and how was this year different than last year. Reading through many posts about DesignCon I came to discover that the Awards at DesignCon are less contentious than at CES, and also that ANSYSreceived a DesignVision awardfor the 2nd year running. … Read More


A Brief History of Cadence Design Systems

A Brief History of Cadence Design Systems
by Daniel Nenni on 09-01-2012 at 8:10 pm

EDA software for IC and system design became a commercial business in the early 1980s. In those days, 3 companies – Daisy Systems, Mentor Graphics, and Valid Logic Systems – dominated the emerging EDA industry. However, two small startups that emerged in the early 1980s grew rapidly and merged to form Cadence Design Systems in 1988.… Read More