That John Cooley built his blogger reputation by promoting himself as the White Knight representing users against the oppressor Synopsys is well known. But that John Cooley easily navigated legal issues was a well kept secret until October 25, 2013. Reading his latest "scoop" against Synopsys I was surprised by the amount of legal insight that John displays, and how quickly he can reach the conclusion that the matter is resolved against Synopsys and in favor of Atoptech on 8 of the 9 claims made by Synopsys against Atoptech. If you have not read the piece you can find it here.
EDAC is sponsoring an event at the Computer History Museum to celebrate five decades of EDA. As I wrote previously, I only have 43 years in EDA and, in fact, when I started in 1968 it was called Computer Aided Design (CAD). For the purists, like myself, the technology became EDA with the introduction of commercial logic synthesis tools. For me there is a difference between using computers to aid in the design process and having computer programs perform functions based on algorithms as a substitute for human skills. But let's not look for precise semantics.
There are probably a few old timers like me who remember the Data Center. It was a physical place one went in order to use powerful computers the company either could not afford or did not want to purchase. Control Data Corporation made the data center famous with its line of CDC 6XXX computers used mostly for engineering and scientific applications. A data center near the Los Angeles airport was my second home during 1968 to 1972 while working as a consultant.
Daniel Nenni has started a conversation on his creation Semiwiki with the provocative title: "Are 28 nm Transistors the Cheapest...Forever?" (http://bit.ly/16HR8D7)
It appears that after (thanks EDAC) having addressed only technology issues for fifty years, the industry is finally realizing that we are all in this in order to make a profit. Daniel deals almost exclusively with fabrication costs, but I think that there is a significant, and growing, body of evidence to show that development costs also justify his conclusion.
The Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitrate says that GaN " is probably the most important semiconductor material since silicon. It can be used to emit brilliant light in the form of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes, as well as being the key material for next generation high frequency, high power transistors capable of operating at high temperatures."
I have been lucky to be able to take a relative long vacation on the high seas and in Italy to recharge the batteries and celebrate my retirement. The time was very enjoyable, but the retirement is not lasting. There is only so much golf one can play, and so much metaphysics one can study. So I started to look at EDA and semiconductors industries again because this is what I love to do. And what I found, having stepped back for almost half a year, may surprise a few.
The cruise part of the vacation is over and now it is time to go explore Umbria. The region is situated in the middle of Italy, between Tuscany and Lazio. It is a hilly region and as we discovered while driving through it, it is quite picturesque.
Two evenings ago we had some excitement around our dinner table. Our assistant waiter, Gustavo, told us that he would have to leave at 9:30 because he was going to propose to his girlfriend that evening in the Crown Grill.
This is the sixth time that I have crossed the Atlantic. I crossed once on a small charter ship, once on the QE2, and the rest on cruise ships including the Norway. This used to be the Isle de France, one of the liners that were until the 1960s the only comfortable way to cross the divide between Europe and North America.
The use of Twitter and Facebook has morphed from the original social goal. The change has deep and broad consequences.
Initially Twitter was the town square where gossip and personal information of a significant hedonistic nature was shared. This was certainly enough to provide a motive to sell advertising, the ultimate goal of the company. But things got out of hand, as the law of unintended consequences would have it. First came the corporate involvement. Fascinated by the opportunity to spread the corporate message in new ways, the marketing department of companies, some of which do not even sell consumers goods, established Twitter accounts in order to promote both themselves and their products.