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Archive for October, 2012

Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony Moves to DAC

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Although both CEDA and EDAC have tried to put a positive spin to this change, this is another sign of the significant transformation of the EDA industry. Moving the Phil Kaufman award to Sunday evening at DAC is like taking two aspirins and calling the doctor in the morning.

Since 1994 the Phil Kaufman award has been the most prestigious award in the EDA community outside of those recognitions presented by the IEEE. The award ceremony has been an opportunity for the industry to come together outside of the noisy and commercial confines of an industry conference and recognize the contributions of one of our peers.


Zuken Innovation World

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Zuken Innovation World in Newport Beach is just days away, but there is still time to register!

October 15-17, 2012
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

you can register using the following URL:

The conference includes two full days of presentations from Zuken experts, partners and customers.

• North America Power Utility implementation of E³.series (Hydro-Québec)
• World-class Silicon & Development Tools for Intelligent Embedded Connected Devices (Intel Corporation)
• The Design and Influence of FPGAs on Today’s Electronics Products
• Designing Complex Machine Harnesses and Schematics (Agco)
• …and many more


Synopsys vs. Mentor Is Cadence Paying Attention?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

In a strange twist of reality I learned of the proposed acquisition of EVE by Synopsys because of a legal maneuver by Synopsys. It is not possible for a party to sue another party unless the first party has a material reason for the legal action. Thus the fact that Synopsys filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Mentor Graphics on the subject of the legal proceedings that Mentor initiated months ago against EVE is an indication that Synopsys now would be materially damaged by the legal battle in the emulation business.

I have written more than once that the emulation market is plagued with legal wrangling going back to the times of Intergraph, IKOS, and Quickturn. The problem is simple: emulation requires fundamental techniques that cannot be “paraphrased” and still achieve emulation. This fact is one of the clear indications that our patent law has stopped growing with the invention of the spokes of the wheel.


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