December 20, 2004
Free Software
Please note that contributed articles, blog entries, and comments posted on are the views and opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the management and staff of Internet Business Systems and its subsidiary web-sites.
Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor

by Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor
Posted anew every four weeks or so, the EDA WEEKLY delivers to its readers information concerning the latest happenings in the EDA industry, covering vendors, products, finances and new developments. Frequently, feature articles on selected public or private EDA companies are presented. Brought to you by If we miss a story or subject that you feel deserves to be included, or you just want to suggest a future topic, please contact us! Questions? Feedback? Click here. Thank you!

Members are granted a perpetual license, with production / re-distribution rights in accordance with Si2's Internal Use and Distribution Agreement. A “General Release” is made available approximately 9-months following each “Member Release”. OpenEDA will continue to allow non-member downloads to encourage adoption through learning and evaluation, but with licensing restrictions that require membership for commercial, production use.

The benefit to small EDA companies is that they can focus on specific application development rather than on creating significant infrastructure thereby getting to market much quicker. The benefit to larger companies is simpler integration of their offerings into the design flow of prospective customers.


What is the motivation for companies to offer free software? Undoubtedly there are some individuals and even some companies that are acting from altruistic motives such as “the good of the industry”. Still, this can be hard to explain to stockholders. Some firms offer free readers in order to build an audience for materials created with their authoring tools. Some firms provide converters or translators to enable their products to coexist with competing or complementary products and to facilitate migration to their own products. Some firms do this to create awareness and to generate positive PR. Google et al offer “eyeballs” to firms who advertise on the
website. Some firms donate
software to consortia in the hope and belief that adoption of the software will make them more competitive as they have the most experience with the underlying technology and code and as their other products are the most compatible. Some firms provide free or low cost software in the hope of winning large service contracts. Some firm have built substantial business around open source software by providing easy to install versions, training, documentation, support and consulting. There is nothing very Machiavellian about these practices. It is all very transparent.

One has to question whether the availability of increasing amounts of free and valuable software will undercut the economic value of software in the minds of prospective customers.

Weekly Highlights


IP and SoC

--Contributing Editors can be reached by

« Previous Page 1 | 2 | 3             

You can find the full EDACafe event calendar here.

To read more news, click here.

-- Jack Horgan, Contributing Editor.

Review Article Be the first to review this article
Cadsoft: CS EAGLE

Peggy AycinenaWhat Would Joe Do?
by Peggy Aycinena
Sorrow: like sands through the hourglass
More Editorial  
Sr. Field Applications Engineer, CA for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, or San Diego, CA
Human Resources (HR) Director and Admin for EDA Careers at San Jose, CA
Sr. R&D Engineer for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, CA
R&D/Software Engineering US – MA for EDA Careers at Boston Area, MA
WEB SW Engineer for EDA Careers at San Jose, CA
DRC EDA Developer for EDA Careers at San Jose, CA
Upcoming Events
The Wearable Technology Show USA at Santa Clara Convention Centre, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara CA - Dec 1 - 2, 2015
2015 3D ASIP Conference, Dec 15 - 17, 2015 Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel, Redwood City, CA at Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel 223 Twin Dolphin Dr Redwood City CA - Dec 15 - 17, 2015
The Design & Verification Conference & Exhibition (DVCon 2016) at Doubletree Hotel San Jose CA - Feb 29 - 3, 2016
DATE 2016 - March 14 - 18, 2016, at the International Congress Center Dresden, Germany at International Congress Center Dresden Germany - Mar 14 - 18, 2016
Precision Technologies: One stop solution PCB Fab & Assembly

Internet Business Systems © 2015 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 210, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408) 850-9202 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy