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Gary Smith Sees the glass more than half full

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

After I finished meeting with EDA companies at DAC, I sat down with Gary Smith of GarySmithEDA to talk about how DAC went and where he saw the industry going.  Gary has long been an advocate of Electronic System Level design methodology and has said it was the coming thing for many years.  He still sees that to be true, but no sees it as crucial for the survival of the industry now.  He expects customers will come back to DAC in larger numbers once the industry decides to focus on ESL and de-emphasizes RTL.  He also warned that startups still focused on RTL tools may not survive long enough to make the next DAC. Here’s the interview.

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Lynguent CEO focuses on efficiency

Friday, September 11th, 2009

My search for financial significance in EDA took me to Dr. Martin Vlach, CEO of Lynguent.  Their website states that:

“Lynguent was created because we believed we can improve your AMS design flow, improving your productivity and reducing overall engineering and manufacturing costs.”

Talking to Dr. Vlach you know you’re talking to a guy who knows his technology and that it provides value to customers.  When pressed, however, he said the actual monetary significance of their product was “beyond what he thinks about.”  He cares about making engineers efficient, which is a great thing.  But it doesn’t help the CFO much. Here’s The Interview.

Silicon Frontline hits the bottom line

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

OK, NOW we’re talking.  I talked with Dermott Lynch, vice president of marketing for Silicon Frontline Technology about the company’s parasitic extraction technology and got the usual pitch about what was obviously a very innovative product.  That’s what you come to expect from an EDA startup: great technology.  Then I asked the question no one likes.  I asked how much this tool meant to the bottom line for a fabless company.  AND I GOT AN ANSWER!  Could have knocked me over with a balled up sock.  The Silicon Frontline tool shears off more than 5 percent of the cost of bringing a new chip to market.  When the minimum cost of making a new chip is $50 million, that is significant.  Well done, Dermott. Here’s the link to the interview.

Cadence goes “Xuropean”

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Last week, Xuropa announced the availability of Cadence labs on the Cadence Xuropa suite.  This is the first step in what promises to be an expanding use of the social media platform by Cadence.   I notice that fellow bloggers Peggy Aycinena and Graham Bell have also weighed in on Xuropa and Cadence moving CDNLive to a virtual experience.  A few weeks ago, Xuropa founder James Colgan and I sat down an video taped an interview talking about how social media is changing marketing in high- tech arenas like EDA. We held off posting the interview until Cadence was ready to announce, but here it is in all it’s glory.

You can also download the video at iTunes.
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