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CDNLive! San Jose Photo Gallery and the World Series

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I was at the Cadence CDNLive! event in San Jose on Oct. 26 at the Partner Exhibition.  There were lots of vendors and you can see the Photo Gallery of the event here.  I especially liked the happy staff at the Open Text booth.

I am also looking forward to the Baseball World Series moving to Texas.



Si2 “Much More than OpenAccess” Conference

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I attended the Reception and Product Demonstration at the Si2 OpenAccess+ Conference at the TechMart in Santa Clara, CA on Oct. 20th and spoke with Steve Schultz about all the interesting progress that is going on at Si2.

First a little background on Si2. Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) is is a user-driven organization that addresses advanced silicon system integration issues and associated design environments for the semiconductor industry.  Si2 is focused on improving productivity and reducing cost in creating and producing integrated silicon systems.  Steve is President and CEO of Si2 which now has over 100 member companies

The four main topics areas that were covered at the conference were OpenAccess, OpenDFM, Low Power Modeling, and OpenPDKs.   In Steve’s interview, he spoke about some of the highlights and also mentioned other important developments such as 3D design.

You can listen here to the interview.

You can also see a picture gallery of the Demo and Reception area by clicking here. It includes companies such as Synopsys, SpringSoft, Calypto and Pulsic.

Go Giants!


1,000th Technical Paper Now Available

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I am very pleased  to announce that the 1,000th Technical Paper has been posted on    Our library of papers is a great resource for design teams world-wide to stay up to date on latest methods and technologies for design.

And what was the number 1000 paper?

Post-Silicon Validation Using Formal Analysis from Jasper Design Automation.

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SNPS Moves Beyond EDA to Optical Design and Analysis

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I just read the acquisition press release by Synopsys for the purchase of Optical Research Associates (ORA).  There is a lot of business activity in the area of computer displays and with LED lighting systems. You can see this in particular with the number of announcements coming out of Taiwan as its strong manufacturing operations there are trying to meet growing demand for newer, better and more efficient systems.

Is Synopsys really starting to move outside of its traditional electronic focus and embracing a new optics business model?  I think not.  ORA has a very strong consulting business and I believe that assisting customers with their electro-optical designs from IC and device through light emission and display provide the vertical alignment that will be attractive to many teams.

What are your thoughts about the requirements for electro-optical design and do you think other EDA players will also enter this part of the market?


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