EDACafe Weekly Review July 9th, 2015

The Interconnected Web of Work
July 9, 2015  by Ramesh Dewangan

“Imagine stepping into a car that recognizes your facial features and begins playing your favorite music. A pair of gloves that knows the history of your vehicle from the time of its inception as a lone chassis on the factory floor. “ –Doug Davis on IoT@Intel

Trends in the Internet of Things (IoT) has been fascinating to follow.

In my last blog on the topic I mentioned the 4 challenges facing an IoT system as spelled out by James Stansberry, SVP and GM, IoT Products, Silicon Labs: functionality, energy, connectivity and integration.

Four elements make up successful IoT hardware

Four elements make up successful IoT hardware

This had me thinking… Does this paradigm apply only to the hardware of IoT?

Some Fond Memories of EDA Analyst Gary Smith
July 7, 2015  by Tom Anderson, VP of Marketing

This week began on a very bad note in the EDA world: news of the death of longtime industry analyst Gary Smith. In an industry that has been largely ignored by Wall Street and big market analysis firms in recent years, Gary has played a critical role in continuing to carry the torch for EDA and providing both hard data and thoughtful commentary on business-related and technological topics. It is difficult to imagine our world without him.

Beyond his contributions to the industry, Gary was loved and admired by many of his fellow EDA and semiconductor professionals. I’m writing this post in the first person since the memories herein are mostly mine, but I know that I speak for my colleagues at Breker when I say that we always enjoyed meeting with Gary and that we will miss both his humor and his wisdom. We hope that we can all provide a measure of support to help his family get through this terrible time.

Remembering Gary Smith: The One & Only Oracle of EDA
July 7, 2015  by Peggy Aycinena


On behalf of IBSystems and my own family, we extend our very deepest condolences to the family of Gary Smith, his children, grandchildren, and the love of his life, Lori Kate. Gary was an extraordinary man.

[The following article from EDA Confidential was posted online in May 2004, with an abbreviated version first posted in EDA Vision in July 2001.]


Gary Smith: The Oracle at Delphi has nothing on the Chief EDA Analyst at Dataquest

Starting and ending with the Tao is pretty enigmatic stuff when, in the middle of the stream, you find a bass-toting, black-leather-clad blues musician fresh out of the Naval Academy living in a shack in the midst of Silicon Valley.

That pretty much summarizes Gary Smith for those who know him. For those who don’t, to quote from an introduction to Gary I heard at a panel last year where he was acting as moderator, “If anyone in this room doesn’t know who Gary Smith is, they don’t belong in this room.”

For a number of years, Gary Smith has been (and by the looks of things will continue to be) the single most important prognosticator in EDA. The industry listens to Gary, at DAC and a thousand other venues over the course of the year. They bank on his annual numbers reporting on the health of the industry. They pin his EDA Landscape poster up on the wall to keep track of which companies are which in the here today/acquired tomorrow world of EDA. They take their business plans and nascent product ideas to him and hope for his blessings. They quote him. They court him. They keep him busy. And, apparently, he loves it — taking all of the adulation in stride with a smile and a nod. Which is what you would expect from a guy who takes Eastern philosophies seriously and incorporates them into his mindset and lifestyle.

The rest of Gary’s story is as follows. However, if you believe as Gary does that “less is more,” you needn’t read on. Based on what you’ve read, you already know him.

In fond Memory of Gary Smith
July 6, 2015  by Graham Bell

A long-time EDA industry analyst, Gary Smith, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015 after a short bout of pneumonia in Flagstaff, Arizona.  He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Gary Smith USNA graduate in 1963

Gary Smith in 1963

Gary was from Stockton, CA and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering.  His class yearbook says: “He managed to maintain an average grade point despite the frantic efforts of the Foreign Language Department. Tuesday nights found Gary carrying his string bass to NA-10 practice.”  Gary continued to be a musician and played his electric bass for years with the Full Disclosure Blues band at the Design Automation Conference Denali party with other industry figures.  The band started out of a jam session in 2000 with Grant Pierce who asked Gary to help put together a group for the following DAC.  Gary had suggested Aart de Geus as lead guitar who ended up giving the band its name.

Gary got into the world of semiconductors in 1969. He had roles at the following companies:

LSI Logic, Design Methodologist (and RTL evangelist), 2 years
Plessey Semiconductor, ASIC Business Unit Manager, 3 years
Signetics, various positions, 7 years

In 1994 he retired from the semiconductor industry and joined  Dataquest, a Gartner Company to become an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) analyst.  Gary described his retirement this way: “instead of having to worry about Tape Outs and Product Launches, I get to fly around the world and shoot off my big mouth (which I seem to be good at) generally playing the World’s Expert role. Obviously there isn’t much competition. Now if I could only get my ‘retirement’ under sixty hours a week I’d be happy.”

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