DVCon USA, or should I call it DVCon SV for Silicon Valley, has just concluded another successful year. The conference has grown significantly, and it compares favorably with other SV based conferences in our industry. It is now a must attend event for all professionals involved in design verification. On the heels of such growth Accellera Systems Initiative has announced the first European DVCon conference to be held this October in Munich Germany. I believe this is a suboptimal choice.
This week both Xilinx and Synopsys introduced new products. Xilinx is growing into a complete system company while Synopsys is benefitting from the acquired technology in hardware emulation to keep the competition in this sector very much alive. Taking advantage of the remote management capabilities built in all the latest computing platform, companies, not just governments, can now take a look at your activity on the web. So quit blaming the NSA alone, commercial reasons are an even bigger motivator to know what you are doing. Prakash Narain CEO of Real Intent released a point-of-view column in occasion of DVCon while Accellera's Day offers a birds-of-a-feather session organized around its Multi Language Working Group.
Interesting week in EDA as you can see from the items below. Good news from Synopsys, an interesting report on India, and two products announcements just in time for DVCon.
Every once in a while the topic of what the EDA industry should be resurfaces. In the last few weeks I have read ideas from Rick Carlson, Joe Costello and Chris Rowen. All three are seasoned, successful EDA personalities who are, mostly due to the lack of new funding in the industry, unhappy with EDA. Unfortunately all three must bear some of the blame, since they are part of the successful EDA entrepreneurs who made the industry what it is today.
A typical week in EDA. Speculations about IBM, another Synopsys acquisition, Google continues to diversify, TI gets more modern, Verific does what small companies are supposed to do, that is support standards, and Chip Design covers wearable technology. But it is IBM and Google that add spice to the news this week, or at least rumors about them.
As the first Italian immigrants came mostly from Southern Italy, Americans' idea of Italian cooking tends toward southern Italian cuisine. But Italian cuisine is as varied as its regions, and there are 20 of them. In the north, where I come from, we do not use as much tomatoes and so our sauces are not always red.
Reviews of and opinions on what I think are the most interesting stories of this week.
Recently I had an exchange with a few Synopsys' executives about what they foresee for 2014. What follows is their input.
Michael Sanie, Senior Director, Verification Marketing, Synopsys
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.