Bridging the Frontier
Bob Smith, Executive Director
Robert (Bob) Smith is Executive Director of the EDA Consortium. He is responsible for the management and operations of EDAC, an industry group that provides services, market awareness and a common voice for EDA and IP suppliers to the global semiconductor industry. Previously, Bob was senior vice … More »
March 24th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
We’re only a few short days away from unveiling the EDA Consortium’s new name, new look and expanded mission to move us into the future. Based on the RSVPs, we’re expecting a huge crowd at our launch party Wednesday, March 30, that will feature wine and craft beer tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Don’t miss out on this stellar networking opportunity –– we have some of the industry’s top leaders coming.
Yes, the evening is meant to be a social gathering to celebrate the future of the Semiconductor design ecosystem, the critical driver of the worldwide semiconductor and electronic products markets. We’ll toast our storied past as well. I’ll interrupt the festivities with a short presentation on the new EDAC and will take the wraps off our new name and new look.
It’s not too late to register to join us. Everyone is welcome. The evening, open free of charge, starts at 6:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. at the EDA Consortium/SEMI Global Headquarters, 3081 Zanker Road in San Jose, Calif. For registration details, go to: http://goo.gl/VBrezS
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our vision.
March 9th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Our wine and craft beer tasting evening with hors d’oeuvres will be held Wednesday, March 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m. We’ll be at the EDA Consortium/SEMI Global Headquarters, 3081 Zanker Road in San Jose, Calif.
Many longtimers will remember when EDAC was formed in 1989 to address cross-industry issues and promote the EDA industry. It was the “go-go” years for electronic design automation that seemed never-ending and our tagline said it all: “Where Electronics Begins.” Lively EDAC events became the place to network. We became a co-sponsor of DAC in 1992. In 1994, the Market Statistics Service (MSS) reporting began. The Phil Kaufman Award was created that year as well and presented to Hermann Gummel, a Semiconductor and EDA industry pioneer.
February 22nd, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
I’m out of town this week with the DAC Executive Committee –– EDAC is one of DAC’s three sponsors ––as we put the finishing touches on this
February 16th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
We’re an industry filled with exceptional individuals, 21 of whom have been singled out and heralded by being recipients of the Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Award since it was established in 1994.
It’s time once again to consider a deserving individual for this prestigious award presented yearly by the EDA Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA). Nominations are open and will be accepted until Thursday, June 30.
As you know, Dr. Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, chairman and chief executive officer of Mentor Graphics Corporation, was the recipient of the 2015 award. He was honored for growing the EDA and IC design industries through his efforts as a leading voice of EDA and for pioneering the evolution of IC design to SoC design.
February 3rd, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Now, there’s another reason to head to the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, Calif., the week of February 29. Yes, the annual DVCon kicks off Monday, February 29, with a day full of tutorials and the DVCon Expo and Booth Crawl that begins at 5 p.m.
Tuesday evening, March 1, EDAC and our Emerging Companies Committee will host the next “Crossing the Chasm: From Technology to Valuable Enterprise.” Jim Hogan will chat with Dr. Ajoy Bose, former chairman, president and CEO of Atrenta, about how Atrenta successfully crossed the chasm, moving from technology company to valuable enterprise acquired by Synopsys.
The evening will start at 6 p.m., just as the DVCon exhibits close for the day. A networking session with light refreshments will be held from 6-7 p.m. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. DVCon attendees are welcome to join us.
Everyone reading this blog knows or has heard of Jim Hogan, an indefatigable promoter of EDA, and the series he created on the entrepreneurial experience. An earlier blog features an interview with Jim on this popular event.
January 20th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Let’s tip our glass of champagne to 2016, which started off on a high note for the EDA industry. The EDA Consortium’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) reported revenue for Q3 2015 increased 7.1 percent to $1957.5 million compared to $1828.1 million in Q3 2014.
Coverage of our news was positive on our industry onlines and elsewhere, though there was an interesting “first” in the numbers that deserves highlighting. In Q3 2015, the Semiconductor IP (SIP) segment showed the highest revenue out of all categories tracked by the MSS at $653 million. For the first time, SIP exceeded Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) at $635 million.
What a difference 20 years makes! Back in Q3 1996, SIP was the smallest revenue category being tracked and showed $15 million in revenue. Taken over the past 20 years, the SIP segment has grown, on average, at 20% per year –– a seemingly remarkable achievement. Or is it?
The IP revolution has been underway for quite some time and has had a profound impact on electronics design. Chips now are a collection of small and large blocks of IP stitched together along with value-added circuitry created by the chip design team. It is not uncommon to find that IP blocks make up 60-70% or even more of the real estate on these large chip designs.
December 15th, 2015 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
A year ago, I would have needed more than a crystal ball to predict that I would soon be joining the EDA Consortium as Executive Director. In the past eight months, I have gained a new appreciation for the EDA industry and the larger electronic design ecosystem that it is a key part of. In turn, electronic design itself is a vital component of the overall worldwide semiconductor ecosystem. “Where Electronics Begins” is an apt description of the role that EDA and the other entities in the electronic design ecosystem play in the semiconductor universe.
We took an informal survey during the Design Automation Conference in June to gauge EDAC’s perception with its members and asked which of our initiatives are most beneficial. Interoperability scored highly, as did our marketing initiatives –– communications, emerging companies and tradeshows. In fact, events hosted by the Emerging Companies Committee (ECC) received high scores for offering great value. The Market Statistics Service (MSS) had a respectable showing as well. Expert control and license management and anti-piracy did not, which tells me we need to do better at explaining how valuable these two initiatives are to our community.
December 1st, 2015 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
“Crossing the Chasm: From Technology to Valuable Enterprise,” created by Jim Hogan, who will serve as impresario and interviewer, will be hosted by the EDA Consortium Wednesday, December 9, beginning at 6 p.m. Finishing this year’s series of interviews with entrepreneurs will be John Lee, founder of Gear Design Solutions, now general manager and vice president of the Apache Business Unit at ANSYS. John will offer a look at his experience as a serial entrepreneur within the Semiconductor, EDA and IP markets.
I had a chance to catch up with Jim, a tireless champion of EDA, last week to find out what inspired him to do these interviews and what we can expect in 2016. Our Q&A is below.
November 23rd, 2015 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
I have to believe this year’s Phil Kaufman Award presentation and dinner was unlike any other. Recipient Wally Rhines was treated to a gentle roasting by Intel’s former chairman of the board Craig Barrett, which he responded to in kind when accepting the award. A tribute video and a humorous “day in the life” video shown as part of the formal evening activities can be found on the EDAC website: www.edac.org
San Jose Mayor, USPTO Director and Lively Panel of Patent Attorneys Highlight EDA Consortium’s Emerging Companies Committee Event
November 5th, 2015 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
As several of our industry watchers have written, the EDA Consortium’s first in a series of patent panels held in late October was a success on all counts. We had a great turnout and many attendees arrived with well-thought-out questions not all we were able to get to, unfortunately. I commend Steve Pollock, head of the Emerging Companies Committee, for organizing “Patents and Patent Litigation: Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property.” I would also like to thank Salumeh Loesch of Klarquist who pulled together the panel of patent attorneys and moderated the discussion. It was a lively, engaged group.
We’re especially grateful to Samuel Liccardo, San Jose’s mayor, and John Cabeca, director of the newly opened Silicon Valley Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for making time to join us. The mayor reiterated the importance of technology and innovation to the Silicon Valley region, while John gave us a detailed overview of the office’s functions and participated in the Q&A session.