March 02, 2009
The Future of EDA and the Semiconductor Industry, One Man’s View
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Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor


by Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor
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Jasper Design Automation Raises $7 Million in Series D Funding Jasper announced it has raised $7 million in Series D financing. The investment round was led by new investor, ZenShin Capital of Menlo Park. Joining the financing were existing investors: Accel Partners, Cambrian Ventures, Foundation Capital, InnovationsKapital, and Northzone Ventures. The funds will provide working capital to support Jasper’s self-sufficient operations and continued market and product expansion.


Tela Innovations Acquires Blaze DFM Tela Innovations, has acquired Blaze DFM, a supplier of technology to reduce power in advanced manufacturing process nodes. The acquisition brings Blaze DFM’s complete line of products and technologies, including Blaze MO™ power-optimization technology, into the Tela portfolio. Key engineering personnel will join the company to enable continuity of product development and support of customers. In 2008 Blaze announced an agreement with TSMC that launched the foundry’s PowerTrim™ Service. This exclusive service provides TSMC
customers with a unique solution that blends Blaze DFM’s design technology with special tuned advanced semiconductor processes to improve power consumption.


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  • Great interview. Very insightful.... March 05, 2009
    Reviewed by 'EDA Observer'
    Thank you Mr Horgan for this insightful interview. I remember when Cadence acquired CCT.
    Paying $1 billion for a comapany with just $15 million in revenues shows how Cadence-Synopsys rivalry and their legal battles in the context of an "irrationally exuberant" stock (and M&A) market fueled decisions by Cadence exectives that explain partially why Cadence is where it is today.


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  • Full circle or Half circle?? March 04, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Anil Nadig'
    We started the semiconductor industry with one company coming up with the architecture, write the RTL, do the layout with thier in-house tools and fabricate in their own fab (AKA IDMs). Then we shed the fabrication saying its too costly to maintain and invest in RnD (The Foundary company?), and then the in-house tools sayings its cumbersome to develop (EDA vendors?) and spawned off the layout-ing to a third party saying too much overhead because of fixed costs (Esilicon?). But the future seems to be "specalized" "Value chain producers" with access to foundry to be able to have insight into nanometer issues (DFM?) and in-house developed tools with the knowledge gained from foundry to have edge over competitors. Which means the future seems to be putting back atleast half (in-house foundry and in-house tools) of the things, that we shed for various reasons into, one company. Half circle?? May be a day will come when you may want to integrate these "specialized" "value chain producers" back to the architucture and RTL team for some reason thats not yet foreseen. That would be the full circle!!!. At least the near to middle term seems to be the half circle for sure.

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  • The Future of EDA March 03, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Jeff Liu'
    The Future of EDA and the Semiconductor Industry, One Man’s View


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