November 10, 2003
Peace & Prosperity
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“[The questions regarding a global economy versus the American press sounding the alarm about jobs being sent off-shore] is a speculative question. It's hard to say what's going on. There are special interest groups lobbying with regards to the impact of all of this as the current economic slow down has resulted in [work force reductions]. We all know people - friends or family - who have been impacted by these reductions. There are people lobbying on behalf of the interest of these groups. Perhaps those are the reasons [for the additional press coverage].”
“Silicon Valley alone won't be able to create [the stimulus to drive employment and prosperity in the North American high-tech sector]. The American economy is much broader and deeper than that - the other parts of the country will have to participate. Although, Silicon Valley does have a culture of innovation, risk taking, and an entrepreneurial nature that will keep the vibrancy here. The dynamics will change, but the vibrancy will remain. I don't think we should read too much into the doom and gloom [in the recent press reports].”
“The U.S. is still the leader of the high-tech industry and the world economy. The most leading edge [developments] are still happening in America. All of the key players - Cadence and our customers - continue to lead the frontier in technology and the bulk of it is still happening in the U.S. There are other areas - biotech and nanotechnology - that are pushing the envelope all the time, and the majority [of that work] is going on here. It's as we've seen in the past with the manufacturing sector, for various reasons other parts of the global economy are able to participate, but the U.S. economy always finds a way to stay ahead of the curve.”
InTime Software - Robert Smith, President and CEO
“We don't have any off-shore facilities, but anecdotally from a purely economic standpoint - sending work off-shore is supposed to mean that for every head you can hire here, you have 5 or 6 working over there. The pros are that for the same amount of money, you get more people. The counter argument is that generally these people are not as productive as someone who's really skilled in the art here, nor are they as senior - they're mostly lower level people just out of university. Four there versus one here doesn't mean four times as much work.”
“Then there's the distance issue - it's not so much about how the code is written, but it's the [challenge of] sharing the common mission and goal, making sure we're all on the same page. It's hard to do that on the Internet and it has to be factored into the cost of doing things off-shore.”
China, or to a country we haven't thought of yet. It's a cycle we go through - we find an emerging work force, frankly, we exploit it, and find people to work there who don't have the standard of living we have here. It comes around full circle.”
“For the people who are unemployed here? I really don't have an answer. Managers are trying to make decisions about hiring a software engineer here who comes with loaded costs of $250,000 per year versus a guy in India for $3000 a month. The manager says, 'Why hire one here, when I can hire more there?' But the whole social aspect of all of this is a tough thing to figure out.”
“We're seeing a lot of Indian entrepreneurs moving back to India and taking advantage of the situation there to invest in India. If you take the Internet, in a certain way, it's been the equalizer that's made things move a lot faster.”
shops all over China - the market is evolving very, very quickly.”
“I'm not too worried about the national security implications. I come back to the Internet - even if there's not a training center there, the information is available everywhere that you've got an Internet connection. It's the political issues that are much larger than the technology issues.”
“[Perhaps the American press is covering the story because] people want to have their cake and eat it to. This is a global economy now. I've been arguing this point for years. Back when I was setting prices at Magma, I put a stop [to the practice] of putting differing pricing models on products being sold to different countries. It was ridiculous and goes back to the Internet. How are we going to maintain this artificial [pricing] separation, when somebody in Japan can see what somebody in England is paying for the same product.”
“Yeah, everybody wants to cut costs, but that cuts jobs here. Now it's incumbent upon us to go to the next level of innovation or technology - to put those people here to work on the next generation of technology. There are a lot of smart people here and I think there are so many things that haven't been uncovered yet, ideas that haven't been considered. We're not down and out here, and nobody should count Silicon Valley out. There's just a continuous stream of ideas and innovation here. True, it's been a couple of tough years, but things are definitely starting to look better - which is good news for all of us.”
(Editor's Note: As this goes to press, published reports peg the increased headcount on the national payrolls at 126,000 for this past month.)
Industry News - Tools and IP
Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics Corp., announced that the Nucleus NET TCP/IP protocol stack and networking components have been tested and validated by the Automated Network Validation Library (ANVL), a data network testing tool from Ixia. Per the Press Release: “This intensive validation confirms that the Nucleus networking software fully conforms to the official Internet networking standards which are maintained and administered by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).”
third-party FPGA place-and-route tools are controlled within a single flow.”
Jeff Jussel, Vice President of Marketing at Celoxica, is quoted: “The size and complexity of today's FPGAs demand the higher-levels of abstraction of C-based design. This joint package ensures that designers can take advantage of those higher-levels of abstraction in a way that fits seamlessly with their existing RTL IP and design flows.”
technology “enables very efficient and high-throughput Direct-write eBeam lithography.”
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