February 25, 2008
First 4 weeks of Shock & Awe then DVCon
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- Nobody wants to answer Cadence’s questions for them, but
- Cadence does do All-You-Can-Eat deals.
- Companies lose productivity when they don’t use best-in-class tools.
- Companies cannot figure this out for themselves and blanche when others tell them.
- Nobody’s talking about DFM because VCs have stopped funding it.
- VCs have stopped funding DFM because it’s in the consolidation phase.
- Nobody is selling EDA software at a discount in India.
- It’s one universal price for all, no matter where you are on the globe.
- Huge numbers of engineers are coming out of colleges in India.
- Shrinking numbers of engineers are coming out of colleges in the U.S.
- EDA companies don’t hire U.S. grads because they can’t find them.
- It’s not a good idea to become a realtor in California.
- It is a good idea to become an engineer.
- Pick a career when you’re young that you’ll still like when you’re old.
These were the highlights of the 2008 DVCon Troublemaker’s Panel. There was only one lowlight. That was when Brett Cline whipped out a life-size cardboard head of the still long-suffering Mike Fister and waved it around, proving two things simultaneously: 1) Cline is an abysmal ventriloquist and should not give up his day job, and 2) tacky, sophomoric humor will still get you a seat on the Troublemaker’s Panel.
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-- Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe.com Contributing Editor.