November 05, 2007
Brown Bag Lunch: Sanguinetti & Sandler
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Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor

by Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor
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It’s autumn and the industry’s as busy as a gaggle of ground squirrels preparing for winter.

EDAC’s announcing robust growth numbers for the industry, plus celebrating U.C. Berkeley’s
Dr. Robert Brayton as the
2007 Phil Kaufman Award winner with help from
Council on EDA.
CoWare’s announcing their new ESL 2.0 initiative. There have been multiple acquisitions:
S3 has acquired
Acacia Semiconductor;
Apache has acquired
Optimal; and
CLK DA has acquired
Synchronous. And ITC 2007 has come and gone leaving multiple test-related announcements in its wake.

Meanwhile, if you’re finding yourself a little short on time this week, you’re not alone. The
11th OpenAccess Conference is happening all day on Monday, the 5th, in Santa Clara.
ICCAD 2007 starts at the DoubleTree in San Jose on the 5th and wraps up on the 8th. The IBM/Samsung/Chartered
Common Platform Technology Forum is happening in Santa Clara all day on the 6th. And the
5th International SoC Conference is happening on the 7th and 8th in Newport Beach. If you‘re still raring to go next week, Denali’s putting on their
PureSpec SystemVerilog course on the 16th.

The details of these and other developments can be found below. First a brief recap of last week’s
Kaufman Award Dinner, and then a
Brown Bag Lunch with Novas Software’s
Scott Sandler and Forte’s
John Sanguinetti.

John and Scott can be admired for their technical and business savvy, for their friendship and candor, or for all of the above. It’s up to you to decide. But first, it’s November and the cold is setting in. So go get that grande, extra-hot, non-fat, white mocha and click on “Print Article” up there on the right. You’ll be able to enjoy your coffee and uninterrupted access to this article at the same time.


EDAC News …

Dr. Robert Brayton, the 2007 recipient of the
Phil Kaufman Award, was honored Thursday, November 1st, at a dinner in Santa Clara hosted by the
EDA Consortium, the
IEEE’s Council on EDA, and the Silicon Valley law firm of
White and Lee. “Sincerity” was the operative word for the evening.

EDAC Executive Director
Bob Gardner was MC for the evening. The after-dinner presentations began with Synopsys CEO and current EDAC President,
Aart de Geus, welcoming the room full of old friends, thanking the EDAC Board for another year of hard work (complete with visuals of CG-enhanced hair-do‘s for various Board members who shall remain nameless), and presenting a series of slides reflecting the state of growth in the industry, which is currently something to celebrate (see below).

U.C. Berkeley’s
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli then offered an extensive introduction to the evening’s guest of honor in a very Italian and affectionate re-telling (read “roast”) of Dr. Brayton’s rise to prominence in industry (26 years at IBM) and academia (26 years at U.C. Berkeley). Dr. S-V detailed Brayton’s seminal contributions in computer science (the first LISP compiler), in mathematics (the Brayton-Moser theorem), and in circuit simulation and synthesis (Espresso, MIS, SIS, et al). He had the crowd in his hands in describing his many decades of association with Dr. Brayton, his admiration for Brayton’s legendary intelligence, and his affection
for Bob Brayton the Family Man (the Brayton family were at the head table), Brayton the Competitive Athlete (per Divine decree, Alberto has never beaten Brayton at tennis), and Brayton the Exceptional Friend, Teacher, and Mentor. It was clear from Dr. S-V’s slide show that Brayton has influenced or been associated with a remarkable number of the major players in EDA over the years.

When Dr. S-V was done, Dr. Brayton took the stage and gave an emotional and understated speech of his own. He thanked his wife, acknowledged with pride his accomplished children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. He acknowledged the many people who have influenced his life, expressed gratitude for the multitude of opportunities that have come his way, singled out his many friends in the room who had come from far and wide to attend the dinner, and thanked the EDA industry for pulling out all the stops to publicize his award and arrange such a spectacular evening in his honor. He was rewarded with a standing ovation.

Over the years, the Kaufman Award dinner has frequently, and perhaps not surprisingly, been both a deep reflection of the state of the industry and of the character of each particular year’s award winner. The 2007 Kaufman Award dinner was an evening memorable for it’s elegant simplicity and the sincerity with which Dr. Brayton’s contributions and personal accomplishments were honored. It was an evening that brought out the best in the EDA industry, and was an appropriate and welcome reflection of the dignity of the 2007 Phil Kaufman Honoree.

[To learn more about Dr. Brayton, please visit my recent

EDAC’s Market Statistics Service announced the EDA industry’s revenue for Q2 2007 increased by 11.4 percent over Q2 2006, from $1.265 billion to $1.409 billion. Not too shabby!


Brown Bag Lunch: Sandler & Sanguinetti …

Scott Sandler is President and CEO of Novas Software, and sits on the EDAC Board. Scott’s been in the business for well over 20 years, at Intel, Gateway Design Automation, Cadence, and Chrysalis. His degree in CSE is out of the University of Massachusetts.

John Sanguinetti is CTO of Forte Design Systems. John’s also been in the business for 20-something years, at DEC, Amdahl, ELXSI, Ardent, NeXT, and at Chronologic Simulation, which he founded in 1991. John also co-founded CynApps, and was the principal architect of VCS. His Ph.D. is out of the University of Michigan.

Our conversation over lunch unfolded in a conference room at Novas, and ostensibly was to be about verification. Not surprisingly it started there, but moved on. For openers, I asked John and Scott for an update on how Novas and Forte are doing these days. Scott put his hands behind his head, leaned back in his chair, and assured me that our get-together had not been contingent on that messaging. I asked for the update anyway.

Scott – For Novas, we’re feeling it’s up and to the right. Our standard products are doing fantastically, which gives me the opportunity to talk more about verification and where it’s going. Within the context of Novas, we feel that debug enhances verification, so everything we work on enhances verification, particularly around the simulator. Digital functional verification is fundamentally simulation based, and making that flow work better is something we’re dedicated to here at Novas.

Peggy – John? Forte?

John – ESL is an important part of this market. Forte’s not in verification per se – we provide a bridge to implementation from ESL to producing hardware. But from a verification point of view, ESL is pretty interesting. It addresses many of the problems that people are dealing with. A lot of the problems people discovered in traditional verification don’t happen at a higher level, because verification activity changes at that level. The level of abstraction of the design affects the verification activity.

Peggy – Scott, can you give me a status update on the Design for Debug Consortium that was introduced at DAC several years ago?

Scott – Frankly, that never went anywhere. It was a good idea, but it was ahead of its time. [We felt debug] was a fragmented and slowly emerging practice – fairly well established at the processor level, but much less established at the bit level. All of the big companies have their own ways of doing this, but it’s more in the research phase today. We attempted to get people to come together over those practices and talk it over, which they did.

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-- Peggy Aycinena, Contributing Editor.


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