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Requirements for a Student Version of Specman/IES-XL?

Comments(4)Filed under: Functional Verification, SystemVerilog, Incisive Enterprise Simulator (IES), SystemC, e, Specman, IES-XL, Incisive, student version

Allow me to interrupt my blogging on MarCom and DAC to pose a question inspired by the back-to-school season:

You may recall a question was posted to Mike Stellfox back in February about the availability of a limited, student version of Specman and IES-XL for the student's personal computer (vs. the full Specman/IES-XLs our University program partners are licensed to run on official school machines).  Unfortunately, Cadence does not support such "personal" editions of Specman/IES-XL today.

However, since this initial post there have been enough follow-on queries about it to build internal interest in the idea.  Boosted by the energy of the back-to-school season, this concept's champions have been inspired to take the logical next step and collect requirements for such an animal.  (Yes, funding the implementation of this in such this challenging economic environment is a whole other issue.  But it can't hurt to take the baby step of outlining requirements, right?)  While my colleagues and I have some ideas here, we welcome the community to:

  • Point us to some best practices and precedents (beyond the venerable student versions of Matlab and SPSS which many of us are already familiar with)
  • Suggest what limitations (either in features and/or capacity) are "reasonable".  (Obviously we are concerned that if the student version is too capable, pirates could use it for real work and cannibalize sales.  That said, students do some amazing projects these days, so we are also concerned about being overly constraining as well.)
  • Confirm that we could limit the platform to Linux only, based on the theory that any serious student of engineering will have access to and/or have made their own Linux setup.

Please post your ideas and thoughts below, or contact me offline.

Joe Hupcey III

 

Comments(4)

By vinaykumar on August 23, 2011
is cadence student version available as a free software for the engineering students?

By Joe Hupcey III on August 23, 2011
Currently there is not a stand-alone student version of Specman or IES-XL.  However, if your school is part of our University Program you can get access to our software via your school's systems.  If your school is not currently in the program, by all means we welcome you/your school to apply.  Here is the web page with all the details: www.cadence.com/.../default.aspx

By fayaz khan on May 10, 2012
is cadence student version available as a free software for the engineering students

By jvh3 on May 11, 2012
At this time there is not a stand-alone student version of Specman or IES-XL.  However, as I noted previously, you can get access to our software via your school's systems.  If your school is not currently in the program, by all means we welcome you/your school to apply.  Here is the web page with all the details:  www.cadence.com/.../default.aspx    Also: If you are located in the EU, I recommend you check out the Cadence Academic Network there: www.cadence.com/.../academic_network.aspx

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