State of EDA
In this new podcast series, New Tech Press editorial director Lou Covey looks at crucial issues in the EDA world that are not getting attention in the ever shrinking media. Lou is the president and CEO of Footwasher Media, parent company of New Tech Press, VComm Events and VitalCom … More »
Silicon Frontline hits the bottom line
September 3rd, 2009 by Lou Covey
OK, NOW we’re talking. I talked with Dermott Lynch, vice president of marketing for Silicon Frontline Technology about the company’s parasitic extraction technology and got the usual pitch about what was obviously a very innovative product. That’s what you come to expect from an EDA startup: great technology. Then I asked the question no one likes. I asked how much this tool meant to the bottom line for a fabless company. AND I GOT AN ANSWER! Could have knocked me over with a balled up sock. The Silicon Frontline tool shears off more than 5 percent of the cost of bringing a new chip to market. When the minimum cost of making a new chip is $50 million, that is significant. Well done, Dermott. Here’s the link to the interview.