Cadence is again the best EDA company to work for!

Cadence is again the best EDA company to work for!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-10-2016 at 7:00 am

We wrote about the history of Cadence in preparation for our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” in 2012. EDA played a key role in enabling the fabless semiconductor revolution and Cadence was right there at the beginning. Famed EETimes editor Richard Goering helped us with the book and the Cadence… Read More


The EDAC Wally Rhines Roast (video)

The EDAC Wally Rhines Roast (video)
by Daniel Nenni on 11-17-2015 at 7:00 am

Last week was the EDAC Phil Kaufman award dinner. It was much more like a roast, probably because Wally has a great sense of humor and as Aart de Geus said, “Wally is a cool cat to have a beer with…” Aart is right of course, hanging with Wally is one of my favorite work things to do.

The place was lousy with media people so I will try and add some… Read More


The Best Conversations You Missed at #52DAC!

The Best Conversations You Missed at #52DAC!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-17-2015 at 7:00 pm

The CEO Fireside Chats were my very favorite part of #52DAC. Dr. Walden Rhines, Lip-Bu Tan, and Dr. Aart de Geus are heroes of the EDA industry, absolutely. I saw all three Fireside Chats and the one word that I’m left with is INSPIRED! … Read More


Is Cadence the Best EDA Company to Work for?

Is Cadence the Best EDA Company to Work for?
by Daniel Nenni on 03-08-2015 at 7:00 am

Apparently that is the case. Honestly my choice would have been Mentor but I can easily make an argument for Cadence based on my discussions with the foundries and their top customers but more on that later.

Fortune Magazine last week added Cadence to the 2015 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” citing a cultural transformation… Read More


Cadence is all about Semiconductor IP!

Cadence is all about Semiconductor IP!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-16-2014 at 9:00 am

Cadence continues on its quest to be a top semiconductor IP supplier which is a good thing since the semiconductor world now revolves around IP. Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan mentioned IP 14 times during his keynote and he was followed by the president of Imagination Technologies and the CEO of recently acquired Tensilica. I was not afforded… Read More


Cadence CEO Keynotes DVCON 2014!

Cadence CEO Keynotes DVCON 2014!
by Daniel Nenni on 12-10-2013 at 8:00 pm


Next year’s DVCon attendees can expect to learn about both practical solutions to their pressing problems that can be applied today and also receive a preview of the technologies that will affect them in the near future. DVCON is March 3-6, 2014 @ the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose.

KEYNOTE: An Executive View of Trends and TechnologiesRead More


Cadence Design Systems’ Shares Are Surprisingly Cheap

Cadence Design Systems’ Shares Are Surprisingly Cheap
by Ashraf Eassa on 11-17-2013 at 10:00 pm

In the third and final (for now) part of this series on the EDA design tool vendors, I’d like to take a closer look at Cadence Design Systems. This is probably the most interesting of the three from both an industry perspective as well as an investment perspective for a variety of reasons. With that said I’d like to first provide some … Read More


We are Live at CDNLive 2013!

We are Live at CDNLive 2013!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-10-2013 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Paul McLellan and I will be covering CDNLive this week, one of the premier EDA events of the year. Take a look at the agenda and exhibits, this year it looks like a full on Design Automation Conference! There is definitely something for everyone!

Get ready for two full days of content with more than a hundred tracks and keynotes by… Read More


Cadence Update 2012!

Cadence Update 2012!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-14-2012 at 9:00 pm

What’s new at Cadence? Quite a bit actually. I have always been a Cadence fan, I mean really, they gave birth to modern EDA. Unfortunately, Cadence really lost me during the Avant! legal action, the Mike Fister years, and EDA360. Recently, however, Cadence has made some big changes that will definitely get them back on my good side.… Read More


I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…

I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…
by Paul McLellan on 08-31-2011 at 8:00 pm

The CEO panel at the 2nd GTC wasn’t especially enlightening. The theme was that going forward will require cooperation for success and everyone was really ready to cooperate.

The most interesting concept was Aart talking about moving from what he called “scale complexity” aka Moore’s law to what he … Read More