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Microprocessor Architecture and the Future of EDA Tools and IP Cores

Comments(0)Filed under: EDA tools, Tensilica, Chris Rowen, EDA software, microprocessor design, IP blocks, ip cores, ip vendors

It wasn't too long ago—perhaps even 5 to 10 years ago—that EDA and IP cores made strange bedfellows. If you've been in the industry for a few years, you remember those days (think "star IP" for one thing).

Well, times change quickly in our industry. Today, IP cores are a fundamental part of EDA and design methodologies. Just a few short years ago, Cadence's IP business was minimal or nonexistent. Today, Cadence is the number 4 provider of IP cores in the global electronics design world. 

IP Cores Expansion

The company's march into the IP space began with the significant acquisition of Denali in 2010. Then, last year, the company's expansion into IP picked up steam with the acquisitions of Evatronix and Tensilica.

Cadence Fellow Chris Rowen

If you want to get a sense for how the pieces of the puzzle fit together in the coming years—how the marriage of EDA and IP will become increasingly crucial to electronics design engineers—join us for special event this Wednesday (Jan. 29).

That's when the Cadence speaker series welcomes Chris Rowen (pictured, right), founder of Tensilica and now a Cadence Fellow. Starting at noon in the Building 10 auditorium, Chris will discuss what's changing in microprocessor architectures.

In recent interviews with myself and Richard Goering, Chris has discussed IP and its impact on design methodologies, shifts in microprocessor architecture and design and other technology topics. He has laid out a compelling vision for the future of EDA and IP that will no doubt be woven into his presentation on Wednesday.

If you've heard Chris speak before, you need no additional selling; if you haven't heard him speak before, you're in for a treat.

Hope to see you there!

Brian Fuller

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