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EDA in 2015: Something New and Something Old

Gabe Moretti, Senior Editor

Every year I like to contact EDA companies to ask what they expect in 2015.  When I started working on this project I visualized one article that would offer the opinions of EDA industry leaders from many companies covering their expectations for the coming year.  As work progressed I found, as I should have expected, that the responses to my questions were much broader and in depth than could possibly be covered in one article.  Doing so would have resulted in such a long article that would have surpassed the time limits most engineers have to read a magazine, even a digital one.

So I decided to publish three articles in addition to this introductory blog.  The decision is based mostly on the amount of feedback I received, and in part by how stand-alone the input was.  It turns out that both Cadence and Mentor provided me with material that can be judged to be a contributed article, while the rest of the companies submitted contributions that could be grouped into an article, albeit one significantly longer than normal.  The articles will be published during this week, one article a day.

Designers, architects, and verification engineers will find worthwhile material in more than one article.  One subject that is receiving attention lately and that is not covered directly in the articles is Agile IC Methodology.  In truth Chi-Ping Hsu of Cadence talks about the issue in his article, but not in the terms of the conversation going on under the auspices of Sonics, Inc.  I am sure that I will write about Agile IC Methodology in 2015 so this subject will receive its due attention.

Verification and mixed/signal design are the subject that have received the greatest attention.  But it is important to acknowledge the underlying drivers for such attention: hardware/software co-design, and the use of third party IP.  These are the true technology drivers.  From a market point of view, automotive looms important.  This market has been developing for a few years and has now reached the point in which it can approach its full potential.  Distributed intelligence and “Thing to Thing” communication and co-operation is within the grasps of product developers.  The automobile is the first working implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT is in everyone’s mind in our industry, and the intelligent automobile, even if such product does not really use the internet architecture in most instances, is often used as an example.  The IoT will certainly be a significant driver of our industry, but its growth ramp in 2015 will still be linear as we continue to understand what the hierarchical architecture should really look like.  At this point anything that could possibly generate data is seen as a good prospect, but soon the market will discover that much of the data may be interst9ing but it is not necessary, and in fact would just clutter one’s life.  As usual, customers’ demand will inject sense in the market.

In a time when all festivities seem to start two months before they actually occur let me be one of the firsts to wish all of you a productive and peaceful 2015.

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