EDACafe Weekly Review January 1st, 2015

New Year’s Resolution: Solve 10 Mysteries of IP
January 1, 2015  by Peggy Aycinena


The New Year is upon us and it’s time for resolutions. Here’s an interesting one: Find the answers to 10 simple questions related to the business and technology of IP. The questions may be simple, but the answers probably are not, if they are available at all.


* How many IP vendors are needed on average today to provide blocks for a typical chip?

* How does one learn how to buy and integrate IP into a design?

* What is a fair price for a block of IP?

Winter 2015: Upcoming Conference Schedule
December 31, 2014  by Peggy Aycinena


The New Year of 2015 is upon us and the conference options are varied. Many continue the trendiest themes of 2014, innovation in cars and the IoT.

CES 2015 — January 6-9 — Las Vegas

Organizers describe this mega-confab as The Global Stage for Innovation. Keynoters include Intel, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz and Ford Motor Co.

* ASP-DAC 2015 — January 19-22 — Chiba/Tokyo

Presentations set to cover everything from system design to physical design, with 5 special sessions addressing the IoT, nanometer design, machine learning in EDA, ReRAM technology, and system-level design of multicore systems.

Top 5 New Holiday Gifts for the Verification Engineer
December 30, 2014  by Tom Anderson, VP of Marketing

Last year, we wound up in December with a post on the “Top 5 Holiday Gifts for the Verification Engineer” and it proved very popular despite the holiday timing. To refresh your memory (and ours), here is the 2013 list:

#5: Relief from hand-writing verification test code.
#4: Relief from hand-writing validation diagnostics.
#3: Vertical verification IP reuse from block to system.
#2: Horizontal verification IP reuse from electronic system level (ESL) to silicon.
#1: Effortless system coverage reflecting end-use applications.

As you might expect, every one of these gifts is still available today for users of our Trek family of products. But over the last year we have added two new products, many new features, and deeper integration into existing verification flows. So we’d like to wrap up 2014 with an all-new list of holiday gifts for the verification engineer. We hope you like them as much as you liked last year’s offerings:

Something occurred to me the other day as I was explaining a typical example of disruptive innovation as given in The Innovator’s Dilemma: how Japanese motorcycles (Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha) disrupted the existing heavy motorcycles made by Harley-Davidson and BMW.


Harley - Davidson bike (c) 2012 eagle1effi - Flickr


Honda CB125F MY 2015 (c) 2014 attrazionemotori - Flickr

Both are fine motorcycles if you ask me, they just fulfill different needs (somehow I have trouble imagining Sons of Anarchy riding 125CC Hondas).

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