December 20, 2004
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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.
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.
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IP and SoC
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Zarlink's Low-Density Circuit Emulation-over-Packet Processors Target Fast Growing Metro Ethernet and Wireless Networks
Cypress Ships Programmable PREMIS Spread Spectrum Clock Oscillator With Embedded High-Frequency Crystal
Enuclia Semiconductor(TM) Raises $5.3 Million in Series A Financing From Sevin Rosen Funds and BA Venture Partners
Ambric, Inc. Adds Industry Veterans to its Start-up Team; New Fabless Semiconductor Company Adds VP of Architecture and Director of IP
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