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05/23/03 01:47 PM
Response from Alec Stanculescu @ Fintronic [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Alec Stanculescu, President and CEO of Fintronic USA, Inc. - ?Fintronic was the first company to deliver a commercial Verilog simulator on Linux in 1993. Our development platform has been Linux since 1992. EETimes wrote an article in November 1999 presenting Fintronic as the leading Linux supporter in the EDA industry. Fintronic provides its most advanced features on Linux and on Sun. Our customers love the quality, performance, open architecture, support, and price of the Linux platform. Over the years, Linux has become more and more manageable, reaching a state today where it is as manageable as any Unix environment, but at a much lower cost. The help from ASL Inc., which provides our pre-installed Linux workstations, makes it a pleasure to maintain all the Linux machines in working order. The icon-based user interface, provided by Red Hat, makes Linux easier to use than in the past. The high quality, free compilers from GNU together with the increasingly high performance of the Pentium-like platforms make Linux on PCs ideal for both software developers and hardware designers.?



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Response from Brett Cline @ Forte Design Systems new [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Brett Cline, Vice President of Marketing for Forte Design Systems - ?All of the Forte products are supported on the Linux platform and are released on other platforms at the same time. We use Linux throughout the company as both a development and regression testing platform. The use and support of the Linux platform has two major benefits for us: 1) Some of our customers require it, and 2) as a development platform, it provides VASTLY superior performance-per-dollar to proprietary Unix systems. While some people may consider the support of Linux a burden, we consider it a benefit, since we now have the kind of compute farms and servers that we could not afford 5 years ago. We have heard the same thing from customers, some of whom have significant simulation-farms of Linux machines. The management of the Linux machines is, in our experience, no more difficult than the management of proprietary Unix solutions. Our engineers love them and our IT folks see no discernable difference (except that we now have a lot more of them).?



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Response from Jackson Kreiter, CEO, Hier Design new [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Jackson Kreiter, CEO at Hier Design Inc. - ?We got our funding in a bleak time. It was during 9/11. So we wanted to stretch our budget as far as possible. At some point our little $20K Sun just couldn't keep up. My choice was a) buy another Sun, b) buy a much cheaper Linux box and port our software, or c) do nothing. Well you can't make any progress doing nothing, and we just didn't have money to buy another Sun, so Linux was the choice for us. And, on top of that, we got a 4x run-time improvement.?




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05/23/03 01:50 PM
Response from David Knol @ Hier Design new [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

David Knol, Engineering Manager for Infrastructure at Hier Design Inc. - ?The majority of the Hier Design engineering staff - both R&D and AEs - use Linux as the primary platform for code development, as well as running live customer designs. A PC running Linux offers two huge benefits over a comparable Sun running Solaris - better than 4x the performance for less than 1/4 the cost. It boosts engineering productivity and keeps the CFO happy. Linux is preferred to Windows because it offers the security and stability that only a Unix environment can provide. We aim to release software on all our supported platforms at the same time. Most customers are already running on Linux. Most who aren't seem to be thinking they'll make the transition soon. The cost/performance factor that benefits us, also benefits our customers. 'Chasing this Linux thing' is an inaccurate description of our situation. It's been a 'no-brainer' for us from the start. Linux won't likely obliterate Windows anytime soon, although the Linux/x86 platform does appear to be a real threat to Sun. Often times, engineers do love Linux. You'll find all kinds of IT managers. But from an EDA standpoint, the cost/productivity advantage of Linux is compelling to any company, especially in these hard economic times.?



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05/23/03 01:51 PM
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Ron Burns, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at InTime Software, Inc. - ?We've ported all of our applications to Linux. We deliver simultaneously on Solaris and Linux. Our customers like our tools on Linux - we have had tremendous response regarding our tools on Linux. InTime's combination of RTL timing analysis and the Linux platform has given our customers an advantage in getting their products to market. We are spending the right amount of time on Linux and our customers are also spending the right amount of time. We are believers in Linux and do not think EDA is ambivalent. We really believe in speed, and Linux platforms are delivering speed.?



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05/23/03 01:52 PM
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Magma Design Automation, Inc. - ?All Magma products (since we have a single executable) have been ported to Linux. All of our products are 'co-developed' on Linux and released at the same time as the other platforms. Our customers tell us they must have Linux-based versions of our tool and the feedback vis-a-vis Linux is tremendous. We have spent the right amount of resources on Linux. It's true that engineers love Linux, but false that IT managers do not, or that EDA is ambivalent towards Linux.?




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Mentor Graphics Corp. - ?Mentor Graphics has ported a significant number of products to the Linux operating system and will continue to respond to customers who believe that Linux is an optimal EDA environment choice. However, as with product releases on other platforms, Linux releases may not always coincide with product releases on other platforms. Some Mentor Graphics customers request Linux-based versions of EDA applications and tools because Linux allows a choice of lower-cost and higher-performance hardware. However, they find it confusing to identify software tools and hardware products that match the available Linux distributions. Mentor Graphics is investing in Linux to meet these customer requirements. EDA has an insatiable appetite for computing performance, capacity, and technology. As Linux emerges in EDA, and other technical computing environments, IT managers must support the disruptive characteristics of an additional operating system.?




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05/23/03 01:53 PM
Response from Cedric Iwashina, Monterey Design new [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Cedric Iwashina, Director of Corporate Marketing at Monterey Design Systems - ?We have ported all of our applications over to Linux, and many of our customers insist on Linux. We release our products on our two primary platforms at the same time - Solaris and Linux. Linux is a 'must' - the economic and performance considerations are too compelling to be ignored. EDA has always suffered the burden of having to support multiple hardware/software platforms; it is simply part of the cost of doing business. Our customers understandably seek out the most cost-effective platform solutions, but any savings on hardware are offset by the hidden cost to the customer of supporting application software on multiple platforms. It's true, engineers love the performance, while IT managers' jobs are complicated by the lower reliability of the Linux platforms and by having to support multiple platforms on heterogeneous networks. EDA, however, is accustomed to supporting multiple platforms.?



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Response from Graham Bell, Nassda Corp. new [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Graham Bell, Director of Marketing at Nassda Corp. - ?All of our verification and analysis products run on Linux. These are ideal applications for Linux since designers are always looking for faster results and can take advantage of low-cost hardware that runs at clock speeds up to 3 GHz. Linux is not a poor stepchild in our development process. We run regressions every night on our Linux versions. Linux adoption is continuing, and we find that customers are accelerating their interest now that Cadence supports both their analog and mixed-signal design environments on Linux. Resources are not a problem in supporting Linux. One question we do have is, 'How quickly will engineers be moving to 64-bit Linux, and how popular will the Intel and AMD architectures be?' Yes, engineers love Linux because it feels like Unix, runs 2x-3x faster, and is a viable alternative to Bill Gates' Windows. IT people want to support fewer platforms, not more. EDA is looking for anything that will sell more licenses, and if that means customers' Linux support, then it will be broadly adopted.?



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05/23/03 01:57 PM
Response from Mark Williams, CEO, Pulsic [re: sanjaygangal]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

Mark Williams, CEO at Pulsic - ?Pulsic has ported all its applications over to the Linux platform. The company develops its products within a single development environment that builds on all platforms simultaneously. So every release of every product is available on all platforms at the same time. Many of our customers have said they would like our products to support Linux, due to the great value-for-money it delivers, in terms of power versus cost. In general, the feedback from our customers indicates that currently the market is impressed with Linux, but we firmly believe (a belief we know is shared with many of our customers) that once a 64-bit PC-based system is available, the Linux solution will become tremendously compelling. Pulsic has had to spend little time on adding the Linux platform to its platform portfolio. However, our customers have found that the transition to Linux is not quite as straightforward, for various reasons - for example, some other EDA tools do not support Linux, or they work less efficiently under Linux. Another issue - Linux is perceived by some groups as not as stable as the other more established hardware vendors, such as Sun and HP. It's true that engineers love Linux, while IT managers are ambivalent. EDA is seemingly ambivalent, but ultimately companies simply must aim to include Linux within their product strategy, or they will get left behind in the wake of those that already do.?





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