OK, you have to squint and look at the data just right...I was at the SEMI lunch last week. One interesting fact that Brian Mattas of IC Insights presented was that if you take TSMC's revenue and look at the final semiconductor sales (so not whwhat TSMC sells raw silicon for but what Xilinx and Qualcomm and Broadcom sell into the end markets) then TSMC and its fabless semiconductor company partners has a revenue that has just passed Intels' revenue. That is making the not unreasonable... Read More
Jim Hogan is having his annual charity barbecue at his home in Santa Cruz on labor day weekend. This year it is a luau. It is from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday August 31st at 2181 Sunny Acres Drive, Santa Cruz. It requires a donation of $50 per person with the money being a benefit for FleaHab of Santa Cruz county. Kids are free. Get tickets here. FleaHab was founded in 2011 by surf legend Darryl "Flea" Virostko. It integrates exercise and a healthy lifestyle into the recovery process for... Read More
EDAC has just announced market share numbers for Q1 this year.EDA industry revenue increased 8.1% for Q1 to $1.668B compared to $1.544B in Q1 2012. Sequentially revenue decreased 6.2% from Q4 2012 (this is normal, Q1 is almost always lower than Q4 of the prior year). Growth was especially strong in services, IP and PCB. Geographically Asia-Pacific had double digit growth but all regions except Japan were positive (and Japan only declined by 0.7%).Employment in EDA increased 5.4% from last year... Read More
EDAC is organizing an event at the Computer History Museum (just by 101 and Shoreline) Back to the Future to celebrate the EDA industry.There are not yet many details other than the time-slot: Wednesday October 16th, 5.30 to 9pm. From 5.30pm until 7pm is a reception and then from 7-9pm is the event. That's all the details I know.You can't register yet but I'll post again nearer the time when more is known and the instructions for attending become clear.
Here are a couple of videos of the Full Disclosure Blues Band. These were actually taken during rehearsal in the afternoon. The recordings of the live performances at the Denali party just had too much extraneous noise.Full Disclosure are:Sonia HarrisonGrant PierceKT MooreBob GardnerTakashi YoshimoriGary SmithDan MacMillenBitter PillLet the Healing Begin
All exports from the United States of EDA software and services are controlled under the Export Administration Regulations, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As an EDA company, you need to understand these regulations. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties including imprisonment. Many smaller companies do not have the resources to track these complex and ever changing sets of export regulations, but ignorance of the laws is... Read More
Aart de Geus gave one of the visionary look to the next 50 years of EDA during DAC in Austin last month. EDA is enabling the greatest push-pull ever, part of an exponential change on a scale never before seen.Technologies seem to go through a 50 year technical push phase (driven by improving the technology) followed by a 50 year economic pull phase (driven by implementation and new ways of using the technology). For a couple of years Aart has been calling this Technomics.For example, in 1451... Read More
The call for abstracts for DVCon are open and the deadline is August 27th. Full details, including a link for online submission, are here.DVCon will be March 3-6th 2014 at the DoubleTree in San Jose. New for this year, the exhibits are on Monday as well as Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the Wednesday evening of DAC this year was the 50th Anniversary Awards dinner. Unfortunately I was unable to attend since I had booked my flight out that evening long before I heard about the awards dinner.I’m not going to run through all the awards. There is a page listing them all on the DAC website here. However, over a period of 50 years there are some pretty long-lived achievements.Firstly, the most persistent attendee award went to Pat Pistilli. He started the first DAC (although... Read More
The opening keynote to this year's Semicon West was by Ajit Manocha, the CEO of GlobalFoundries entitled Foundry-driven Innovation In the Mobility Era. It is no secret that mobile applications, especially smartphones and tablets, are the most significant semiconductor market today. It is not just large, it is disruptive. In relatively short periods, companies like Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm have grown enormously, and the PC market, in particular Intel, is suffering and trying to create a... Read More
One of the ten minute visionary presentations before they main keynotes as Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor. In fact the first photo on the montage on the front page of the DAC website is Wally giving his presentation. He titled his talk Changing the World Through EDA. Since EDA as we know it started in the late 1970s, the number of transistors on a design has increased by over 5 orders of magnitude in an environment where the number of designers has only grown a few percent per year over the period... Read More
The attendance numbers for DAC in Austin Texas a couple of weeks ago are now out. Attendance was:full conference passes: 1589exhibits-only passes: 2364booth staff: 1998The registration is slightly lower than last year when DAC was in San Francisco (as it will be again for the next two years). However, there was an increase in technical session attendance. The combined keynote attendance was way up from 2012 but I think that probably is mostly due to having more keynotes this year. The numbers... Read More
On the Tuesday of DAC I moderated a panel session on Hardware Assisted Verification in 10 Years: More Need, More Speed. Although this topic obviously could include FPGA-based prototyping, in fact we spent pretty much the whole time talking about emulation. Gary Smith, on Sunday night, actually set up things by pointing out that emulation is the heart of how EDA is going to take over more and more of embedded software development, in his view. And Wally, at DVcon (I think), pointed out that... Read More
I listened to Dan Niles's quarterly report that he does for GSA. He had a lot of the usual background data on savings rates and GDP growth, but the big story is that everything changed on May 22nd and that this will turn out to be a very significant moment. That was the day that the Fed basically announced that it would start to "taper" its bond buying. It would still be printing money to stimulate the economy but it would gradually start to print less.I haven't seen anyone... Read More
Kathryn Kranen, CEO of Jasper Design Automation, got to give her view of the future of EDA on the Thursday of DAC. For many years she has been on the EDAC board and is currently chair. When she first was on the board she talked to many of the stakeholders in the EDA ecosystem: EDA companies, IP companies, semiconductor companies, academics, consultants, everyone who is involved in getting semiconductors designed and manufactured.Many of them would say "The problem with EDA is dot dot dot.... Read More