SAN JOSE, Calif.-For many
years, the EDA industry thrived as myriad point tools emerged from myriad
startups to address crucial electronics-design needs.
Now, the increasing pace of
design complexity is such that that approach is not really tenable, according to Andy
Eliopoulos, vice president, R&D, Advanced
Verification, at Cadence. I pulled Eliopoulos aside from his busy DVCon 2014
schedule to give us some insight into this major shift. He said:
"In the past EDA focused on
point tools, and customers would buy a best point tool and mix and match them.
What you see now is, you have to have a complete solution that transcends
tools. And that solution coupled with a methodology is how you can solve
He pointed to X propagation,
X optimism, and X pessimism approaches in RTL simulation, which he called "a
great point tool feature" but needs to be coupled with a methodological flow.
I also asked Eliopoulos his
thoughts on software-driven verification and the new Cadence vManager verification-management
Here's what he had to say:
2014 Video: An Update on the UVM 1.2 Release
2014 Panel: Did We Create the Functional Verification Gap?
2014 in Review: Formal Verfication, Value Chain, and the Industry's Future