The Revolution is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Last week I predicted a Revolution in EDA. I said that “the sooner the EDA companies learn to swim with the tide, the better off they will be after the revolution”. 

Well, today Cadence just jumped into the water and started swimming. Like Michael Phelps!!! You can read the traditional Cadence marketing speak on this new offering here.

In a nutshell, Cadence has made public what it has been offering select customers for some time … hardware, software, design flow, and applications support as a Software-as-a-Service model.  Pay per use … pay as you go.

If you are a small startup that can’t afford the upfront costs for software and hardware and the part-time IT guy…

If you are a small-medium sized design services firm that wants to do turnkey design but can’t afford to keep idle software lying around in between client projects…

If you want to do place and route from your iPhone

This may be for you.

More next week….

harry the ASIC guy

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4 Responses to “The Revolution is Coming Sooner Than You Think”

  1. John Ford says:

    This is especially cool for those of us who work in parts of the design flow that tend to get outsourced such as DFT or verification. I get inquiries all the time needing a DFT person for “two weeks”, just to create ATPG patterns, for example.

    Have gun (iPhone), will travel!

  2. harry says:

    Funny you should point that out. I mentioned it in my blog post yesterday. Great minds think alike 🙂

    You bring up a fair point: that Synopsys tried and abandoned offering DesignSphere + short-term licenses 7 years ago. But, as they say, “that was then, this is now”. I believe that remote hosting of data is now accepted (given adequate security) and the cost benefits (power, cooling, space) will attract more companies to hosted environments for even mission critical data. In fact, one can argue that hosted storage surpasses local storage in security, reliability and disaster recovery, despite emotions to the contrary.

    Perhaps Mentor would be well served to consider it as well. A sim farm of Questa licenses and hardware acceleration would be an attractive offering, methinks.

  3. Ry Schwark says:

    Never say never, companies succeed by giving customers things they want at prices they’re willing to pay… But our experience then was that customers either considered design a core competency – and therefore wanted complete control of their environment. Or they didn’t, and would just as soon outsource.

    Finding groups of engineers who care enough to do their own design, but don’t care enough to control their own design environment? Pretty narrow audience we found then.

    I’m dubious. Certainly things have changed since then. I guess we’ll just have to see.

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