EDACafe Weekly Review April 19th, 2012

Entrepreneurs: Hogan et al have your back
April 19, 2012  by Peggy Aycinena

 

If you’re interested in start-ups, if you think you’ve got what it takes to plunge in and do the deed, the EDA Consortium has something you’re going to want to attend.

Starting on May 31st – that’s in about 5 weeks – EDAC will be offering a series of evening discussions about various “concepts and best practices for emerging companies.”

The series is going to be hosted by long-time EDA player, Jim Hogan. And as you all know, what Jim Hogan doesn’t know about EDA, start-ups, venture capital, and everything in between, simply isn’t worth knowing – so you’re sure to be in the best of hands with Jim moderating these meetings.

Of course, you don’t just have to be a new, up-and-coming entrepreneur to plan to benefit from the series, because EDAC says: “the content is geared to founders and executives of software, systems, and semiconductor companies, as well as others interested in getting a birds-eye view of what companies face at the various stages of success.”

Can EDA Replicate Its 2011 Growth This Year?
April 19, 2012  by Gabe Moretti

Each quarter, the EDA Consortium publishes the Market Statistics Service (MSS) report containing detailed revenue data for the EDA industry. According to the latest information distributed by EDAC, overall fourth quarter 2011 EDA revenues increased 12.8% compared to the same period in 2010. Total revenue for Q4 was $1700.1 million. it is very interesting to me to note that the most authoritative research service covering EDA from the financial industry reports that revenues for the same period were $1.41 billion corresponding to an increase of 13% over the same period a year ago. There is clearly a discontinuity in the numbers.

EDAC can only use actual figures reported by its corporate members. Unfortunately for the consortium, Synopsys, a member, no longer shares its data with the organization and a few other large vendors of EDA tools are not members of EDAC. The result is that EDAC estimates the market contributions of important, non-reporting, companies and this can lead to inaccuracies. The error seems to be around 0.02% which is well within the acceptable error for forecasting purposes.

For the entire 2011 calendar year total EDA revenues were estimated to be $5.069 or 13.5% greater than 2010. The three largest companies (Cadence, Mentor, and Synopsys) account for approximately 75% of total revenue, while another half-a-dozen companies add another 13.6% to the total. Although 2012 appears to be a good year, growth will slow to a projected 7-8%.

Areas that will contribute significantly to the growth in revenue include: heterogeneous system designs, virtual prototyping, formal verification, emulation, power consumption analysis, and layout optimization.

The slowdown is due to two major factors: worldwide economy and a decrease in number of electronics companies using the very latest manufacturing process.

OVPs: old ideas made new
April 15, 2012  by Peggy Aycinena

 

Open Virtual Platforms are an idea whose time has arrived. That is, if you understand what they are. Certainly, if you’re reading this blog, you know what a virtual platform is.

“Platform virtual machines are software packages that emulate the whole physical computer machine, often giving multiple virtual machines on one physical platform.”

For additional clarity, check it out on Wikipedia, paying particular attention to the incredibly dense/complex table found there that attempts to catalog various virtual platforms, their origins, supporting organizations, and features.


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Imperas & Open Virtual Platforms

So, if that’s what virtual platforms are, then what are Open Virtual Platforms, OVPs?

Imperas – an enterprise founded in Silicon Valley in 2008 – would like you to understand and use OVPs. To do that, they are sponsoring a portal-based community called Open Virtual Platforms – a resource  designed to help chip developers have access to various open source virtual platforms, or models, of various commonly used hardware platforms endemic to the embedded systems world.

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