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Microwave and RF device engineers get help

To tackle the difficulties inherent in the analysis of deep sub-micron designs, Agilent Technologies and Auriga Measurement Systems have agreed to jointly develop integrated device-modeling systems for the semiconductor industry. The companies plan to pair Agilent’s IC-CAP parameter extraction and device modeling software and instrumentation with Auriga’s test instrumentation. Deep sub-micron requires much closer integration among the various tools than previous technologies.

FSA Panel

The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) Expo included a panel discussion on "Collaborating effectively on the rocky road to DFM". Handel Jones of IBS introduced the topic and moderated the panel.

It’s the same old story

EDAC recently reported the second quarter financial results for 2005 and the news is not positive. Although there is no cause for panic, the numbers show that the EDA industry has yet to find a way to profit from increases in sales of electronic products. While the last reported figures for the US electronic industry show a year-to-year increase of at least 10%, the EDA industry barely met the same revenues numbers as the previous year for the same period.

How Computers do Math

They use electricity of course! This is not likely to be the answer you will find in the new book by the same title just published by Wiley and authored by Clive “Max” Maxfield and Alvin Brown. The idea of the book is over five years old, as I remember talking to Max about it from my basement office in Niwot Colorado, but, just as good wine, things take time to it properly. And of course both Max and Alvin also need to work for a living, so the book was the result of hard labor in their spare time.

Cadence Alive

Last week I attend the “CDN LIVE” Event at the Santa Clara Convention Center and the adjoining Westin Hotel. As most of you know since I do not live in Silicon Valley, attending such an event requires some planning and investment on my part. I had decided to attend for two reasons: the rumor that such an event was Cadence’s first attempt to replace its presence at DAC with such a function, and the perception that this was something new. Having attended the event I can now say that I believe the rumors to be unfounded and my perception to be wrong.

Software Piracy: the refinement

Lately the publishing empire of Reed Elsevier has suffered a serious attack of Software Piracy Anxiety Syndrome, known in the medical world as SPAS, a malady generally cured by an increase in readership hopefully demonstrable through an increase in the number of subscribers. During the month of August both EDN and Electronics Business have printed articles about Software Piracy in the EDA industry. EDN published an article by Michael Santarini on August 18, and Electronics Business had an article by Geoffrey James in its August issue.

Hot chips conference

Stanford University, CA August 15, 2005

The 17th annual hot chips symposium on high-performance chips had William Holt, vice-president and general manager of the technology and manufacturing group at Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) give a keynote presentation titled “ Facing the hot chip challenge (again)”. While Holt included the requisite Moore's Law graphs, he approached these trends from an economic and power perspective.

It is all Chinese to me

Yesterday I received a press release form the VSI Alliance (VSIA). In itself this is not a strange occurrence, although it is an infrequent one. What struck me as peculiar was its subject matter. The title of the release “China Semiconductor Industry Association signs agreement to base standards on VSI Alliance standards” caught my attention because of its hidden ambiguity. To the casual reader the news would seem a positive step that facilitates commerce and improves IP quality worldwide.

The case for RTL signoff

Comparing the indispensable role that EDA tools play in the semiconductor industry with the percentage of revenues EDA vendors derive from that market clearly indicates that the results are not commensurate with the contributions. The EDA industry came into existence and has been managed ever since as a service industry that offers an alternative to in-house developed computer-based tools for the design of electronic circuits. Therefore its pricing structure is founded on the replacement value of an activity on the cost side of the ledger, not on the much more attractive profit side.

Complexity and Internationalisation of Innovation - Why is Chip Design Moving to Asia?

East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

published in International Journal of Innovation Management, special issue in honour of Keith Pavitt , Vol.9, No.1, March 2005

(Posted with the Author’s Permission)

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