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Checking in with Carol Hallett in the Next Phase of Her Life

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Carol Hallett and I became fast friends in 2006 when EVE acquired Tharas Systems, where she was vice president of marketing and sales. From then on, we often met for coffee after she joined Real Intent to head marketing and sales. It’s an upbeat and positive Carol who called me from her home in Twain Harte, Calif., near Yosemite National Park in mid January where the weather’s a beautiful, though unseasonable, 60 degrees.

2011 was a tough and, ultimately, transitional year for Carol, starting with her March trip to Japan. While at the airport waiting for her flight back to San Jose, the earthquake shook Japan and shocked the world. Carol being Carol found a working WiFi area at the airport where she proceeded to help fellow travelers rebook flights home.

After arriving back home with an overwhelming feeling of being lucky to survive, Carol got a call that her mother was very ill. She immediately booked a ticket for herself and her sister to fly to Virginia and within that week her mother passed away.

In April, Carol’s husband retired from Lockheed and they decided to put their home in Almaden on the market. Not really expecting it to sell, but a force of nature was in play here. The house sold in five days and the Halletts had 30 days to move.

June always brings a busy time in EDA with DAC and all the follow-up work after the event, so Carol’s focus was on work, as usual. The move was up to Carol’s husband Dave.

With all the changes that happened, it seemed that the next step was inevitable. In July, she decided to retire to begin the next phase of her life. “I helped to build companies and worked hard all my life. It’s time to do some things for me now,” she remarks unapologetically and with a smile in her voice. (more…)

The Never-ending Evaluation

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

How long did your last EDA tool evaluation take? One month? Three? Six? The EDA industry seems to be the land of the never-ending evaluation.

Of course, it’s totally understandable. EDA tools are amazingly complex, and thorough evaluation ensures that you are getting the right tool for the job.

Evaluations also come at a cost. There’s a direct cost to the evaluator, in that evaluations require internal resources that could otherwise be applied to a live project. There’s also an indirect cost to the industry as a whole, as EDA vendors have to loop the cost of evaluations back into the price of their products. Thus, it’s in everybody’s best interests to maximize the efficiency of evaluations.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why EDA evaluations can take forever. (more…)

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