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Notable EDA Blog Postings For 2009

Comments(1)Filed under: EDA, Industry Insights, Practical Chip Design, SK Murphy, Dan Nenni, Cool Verification, Harry the ASIC Guy, EDA thoughts, Graffiti, Verification Vertigo, tech bites

This is the time of year when everybody has lists – and here’s one that may be a little different. Below are some notable blog postings from various external (non-Cadence) blogs in 2009. They’re listed in chronological order with no ranking implied. After listing one interesting posting from each of 12 different blogs, I conclude with a chronological listing of popular postings from my Industry Insights blog in 2009.

Happy reading, and Happy New Year!

EDA Graffiti (Jan. 13)

Where is all the open-source software?
No EDA blogger was as prolific as Paul McLellan in 2009. In one of his most commented-on blogs, he discusses why so many software development tools are open source, while EDA tools are not.

Practical Chip Design (Feb. 2)

India’s $20 laptop plan challenges our thinking about system design
Ron Wilson’s blog has had some excellent coverage of EDA, semiconductors, and system design. With 66 comments at last glance, this posting struck a nerve.

SK Murphy (Aug. 2)

DAC 2009 blog coverage roundup
Sean Murphy did a great service by listing and categorizing the dozens of blogs that were written at, and about, the 2009 Design Automation Conference.

Cool Verification (Aug. 3)

The past, present and future of the Design Automation Conference
J.L. Gray interviews Pat Pistilli, founder of the Design Automation Conference, about the origins of the EDA industry and DAC.

Verification Vertigo (Aug. 5)

No more press releases!!
Brian Bailey makes a very pointed statement about what information bloggers want – and don’t want – from EDA vendors.

Taken for Granted (Aug. 13)

Some suggestions for DAC
Grant Martin offers a thoughtful critique of the Design Automation Conference, and comes up with a number of suggestions for improving it.

Harry the ASIC guy (Aug. 16)

DAC Theme #3 – “Increasing clouds over S.F. Bay”
Harry Gries has written extensively about cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS). This posting discusses activity at the Design Automation Conference in these areas.

Olivier Coudert’s Blog (Sept. 15)

Why FPGA startups keep failing
This new blog received some immediate notice from its analysis of why FPGA startups have been unable to take market share from Xilinx and Altera.

EDA Thoughts (Nov 17)

Windows Vista and the Falcon Framework
Possibly because I got stuck with Vista by buying a new PC last year, and I remember well the Mentor Falcon Framework debacle of the early 1980s, I found Dan Payne’s comparison to be interesting.

Pradeep’s Point (Nov. 18)

What does it take for students to be (semiconductor) industry-ready
After participating in a panel at CDNLive! India, Pradeep Chakraborty looks at what it takes to educate students so they’re ready for productive jobs in the semiconductor industry.

Dan Nenni (Nov. 23)

Moore’s law and 40 nm yield
Dan Nenni has written several insightful blogs about 40 nm yield issues, particularly at TSMC. This is the latest one.

TechBites (Dec. 9)

Cool beans: the best Christmas decoration ever
It’s the season, and I couldn’t resist this bit of humor from Clive “Max” Maxfield on the new TechBites.com site. While you’re there, check out the daily blog postings from participants in this social networking site for the engineering community.

Industry Insights Popular Blog Postings

Why The Reports of EDA's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated - Part 1 (3/31)
Why The Reports of EDA’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated – Part 2 (4/2)
Whatever Happened To Statistical Timing? (4/16)
Porting EDA Applications to Multicore – Part 1 (4/28)
Q&A Interview: Charlie Huang, Cadence Chief Strategy Officer (5/6)
EDA In 1964 – A Look Back At The First DAC (7/15)
DAC Report: Gary Smith’s Prescription For ‘Explosive’ Growth (7/27)
Green Electronics – Is SOI The Answer? (9/14)
Q&A Interview: CMO John Bruggeman Presents Bold Vision For EDA (10/7)
Greatest Moments In EDA Innnovation (11/4)

Richard Goering


By Eric Cigan on January 5, 2010
Nice compilation, but one slight correction from a Falcon Framework survivor -- Falcon came out in the early 1990s rather than the early 1980s. One can only imagine how long Falcon invoke times would have been on circa-1980 computers....

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