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IBM director of EDA talks about innovation

October 9, 2006—ICCAD, Santa Clara, CA—Leon Stok, director of EDA at IBM, taled about "the changing nature of innovation in EDA" at his keynote address at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design. The definition of innovation in not invention, but a process that drives changes in society and industry. Unfortunately, no single company can supply the expertise to address all of issues and cannot afford to do the R&D. Innovation doesn't happen in isolation, but must align with the current market dynamics.

Experts look at CAD research costs

The evening panel at ICCAD looked at issues around "CAD research, pay now or pay later…" as an area of interest and concern for the EDA industry. The panel was comprised of moderator; Juan-Antonio Carballo of IBM and panelists; William Joiner of IBM and the SRC, Rob Rutenbar of Carnegie Mellon Unversity, Andrew Kahng of University of California- La Jolla, Leon Stok of IBM, Jacques Benkoski of US Venture Partners, and Andreas Kuehlmann of Cadence Berkeley Labs.

AMD CTO talks about changes in microprocessor design

Phil Hester, CTO of AMD talked about "An industry in transition: opportunities and challenges in next-generation microprocessor design" at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.

Shrinking transistors: what 's next for CMOS

Sept. 28, 2006—Chartered Technology Forum, Santa Clara—Jim Hines, Dataquest analyst, moderated a panel on "beyond 45 nm: will bulk CMOS still dominate?" that looked at the likely technology implementations after the 45 nm node. The panel included Lisa Su, vice president of semiconductor research and development- IBM, L.C. Hsia, senior vice president of technology development-Chartered, H.K.

IBM shares the direction for future technology advances: collaboration

Sept. 28, 2006—Chartered Technology Forum, Santa Clara, CA—John Kelly, senior vice president of technology and IP at IBM described "Collaborative Innovation" in his keynote. He started by noting that many areas of technology are now moving towards a collaborative framework. For example, the open source movement in software like Linux is creating more robust code in less time than the alternatives. To be successful, collaborative efforts must meet three requirements: first, a common goal and vision of how the work will proceed.

A big sister site

As some of you might already know, I now edit a CMP electronic publication: EDA DesignLine. If you go there you will find my blog and a Forum where you can discuss various subjects. I will continue to write article for this site and I am sure Tets will continue his contributions as well.


Intel CTO looks into the future: Measuring the value and need for multi-core

Stanford, CA –Aug 21, 2006—Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel Corp, discussed "Cool codes for hot chips: a quantitative basis for multi-core design" in one of the Hot Chips conference keynote addresses. He started by reviewing the past 20 years of quantitative measurements of processor designs. These tools, such as SPEC and other benchmarks, have helped to tune and optimize designs by supplying standard arrays of tests to measure various computer characteristics such as speed and throughput.

Synopsys Interoperability presentation

July 25, 2006, DAC San Francisco

Synopsys hosted a breakfast to discuss "Escape from analog Alcatraz through Open Access" here at DAC. Chi Foon Chan, president of Synopsys opened the day with some introductory comments on the coming changes in analog and mixed-signal design. He noted that the latest designs need to address high density digital while interfacing to high-speed data communications, which are analog. The latest Synopsys efforts are in adding power aware extensions to existing standards to enable and facilitate analog designs.

DAC was a success on many fronts

The 43rd DAC has just closed its doors, and the show was a success on many fronts. Well over 11,000 people attended the conference, exhibitors reported a higher than average number of business leads, significant new products were demonstrated, the technical sessions were well attended, and the keynote speeches gave people food for thought. It is too bad that SIWeekly reported last years keynote by Bernie Meyerson of IBM instead of this year’s speech by Hans Stork, Senior VP and CTO at Texas Instruments on tools and methods required to support the wireless communication market. Dr.

The new EDA industry

Much has already been written about Michael Fister’s comments about Cadence’s intentions to significantly diminish the role played by startup acquisitions in growing the company. Mike’s pronouncement does not mean that the four largest EDA companies will totally stop making acquisitions. It does mean though, that the preferred exit strategy for startups, namely acquisition, will be much more difficult to achieve. Of course Cadence is not alone in following this strategy. The reasons for this strategy are both technical and financial.

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