EDACafe Weekly Review September 15th, 2016

IP Theft: Cheaters & Chuckles vs. Chalk & Cheese
September 15, 2016  by Peggy Aycinena

 


Synopsys has a problem.
Per Norm Kelly, speaking at the ESD Alliance panel on September 14th in Silicon Valley, Synopsys loses fully a third of the revenue they’re owed each year for their vast catalog of IP because it’s stolen by Cheaters and used without paying any licensing or royalty fees.

Kelly said Synopsys earns about $200 million per year selling IP, and loses another $100 million to theft. Cheaters are a real problem, he lamented, and as Director of License Compliance for Synopsys he should know. Kelly did not have the floor to share these laments, however, until Warren Savage, GM of IP at Silvaco, opened the meeting.

Speaking from the podium as moderator of the evening’s discussion, Savage said the real problem is the bumblers, those designers and companies who lose track of licensing obligations for IP that was either purchased some time ago, or was brought into the design effort on a data stick fished out of the pocket of someone who’s joined the organization through a poorly managed M&A.

In other words, when Chuckles the Clown uses IP, often as not he doesn’t realize some monies are owed to the third-party IP vendor who created it in the first place. Savage offered this statistic: On an average SoC today, there are 150 to 200 blocks of IP, but only a small percentage of those blocks are actually paid for.

ESDA Market Timing: I’ve got the horse right here
September 15, 2016  by Peggy Aycinena

 


January opened with a thud this year
from a stock market point of view. Just a handful of days into 2016, things looked really bad, although it got slightly better by the start of February. Since then everything’s pretty much been up and to the right – at least for the five publicly traded companies whose CEOs sit on the board of the ESD Alliance.

The question is, of those five – ARM, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, PDF Solutions, Synopsys – which company should you have discerned in January would outperform the rest by the end of August? On which horse should you have put your money back in January, so you’d be the envy of the guys in August?

Aldec Engineers: Taking Action and Giving Back as a Team
September 9, 2016  by Radek Nawrot

For engineers, the importance of keeping active cannot be understated. When thousands of hours are spent seated in front of monitors, healthy activities such as running are more than fun… they are necessary.

At Aldec, our team enjoys combining a love of fitness with the act of serving others. I am proud to say that I work with a team of people who not only deliver amazing results every day at the office, but also do their best to help other people. This year, once again Aldec Engineers took part in the Katowice Business Run, a charity event that helps amputees to return to a normal life.  In four years, this run has raised over $600,000 and involved thousands of engineers in this healthy and noble goal to support people following amputation procedures.

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