EDACafe Weekly Review July 29th, 2016

Conferences: Paper submission deadlines approach
July 28, 2016  by Peggy Aycinena


A number of conferences important to EDA and IP
 are coming up over the next 12 months and currently looking for content. If you have an industry-relevant topic you’d like to talk about, the organizers of some of these conferences need to hear from you soon. Various deadlines are looming, most over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to consider that one of the most thrill- for-your-buck conferences on the list is Black Hat USA 2016 and Synopsys’ co-located CodenomiCON, both promising to teach you everything you need to know or are allowed to know about cybersecurity. Synopsys’ involvement in Black Hat may validate a comment overheard recently: ‘Synopsys is no longer really an EDA company. They’ve become a software integrity company.’

Also interesting, DVCon in San Jose and Mobile World in Barcelona in 2017 are on the exact same days. Perhaps there’s no overlap in the attendee population. But most interesting on the list, the sheer scale of the China International Modern Industry & Intelligent Equipment Exhibition with 500+ exhibitors, over 40,000 attendees, and more topics that you can possibly imagine.

Guest Post: More on EDA Startups, Behemoths, Corner Stores, and Zombies
July 27, 2016  by Tom Anderson, VP of Marketing

Three weeks ago on The Breker Trekker, we published a post on “The Return of EDA Startups, Behemoths, Corner Stores, and Zombies” and saw a nice uptick in viewing. Zombies are always popular with our audience. Our post prompted some interesting observations from today’s guest blogger, Excellicon’s Sales and Operations VP Rick Eram. He has some thoughts on this way of dividing the EDA industry and suggestions on how customers should treat the different players:

The concept of corner stores is interesting since they pave the way for development and deployment of newer analysis and implementation technologies addressing today’s design challenges that are either not addressed by majors, involve much manual work despite available products, or are addressed by products that create a huge amount of data without means for interpretation. The startups develop new technologies and, while deploying their technology on their way to becoming corner stores, they master ways to deploy such new technologies. What differentiates corner stores from zombies is the deployment of the technology. These companies are the engines of innovation in today’s EDA industry and help the behemoths to cover the gaps in their traditional technologies after the newer technology catches on and adds value for customers.

Remembering Mark Templeton: One of the Greats of IP
July 23, 2016  by Peggy Aycinena


The semiconductor IP industry is reeling at news of the tragic death of Mark Templeton
while white water kayaking last weekend in Oregon. Well known, widely admired, and held in great esteem for both his intelligence and unassuming style, Templeton will be sorely missed, not just in the IP industry, but across the entire tech sector.

Per the Press Release: “Mark R. Templeton, 57, was a highly respected venture capitalist in Silicon Valley who used his background as an engineer to foster scientific advancement. In his capacity as a director and board member of numerous tech companies and organizations, he was instrumental in driving growth in the intellectual property market through a combination of technical and business innovation.”

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