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How to Recycle Your Designs Fast - Being Green Pay$

Comments(0)Filed under: Logic Design, green, recycle, Conformal ECO

I was inspired by several of my customers in the last year who said that Conformal ECO is the hottest thing since sliced bread.

'Hot' because they now get their silicon to the market faster with less pain.

ECO automation (thanks to Conformal ECO!) helps 'recycle' existing designs faster (compared to human effort, especially for more complex changes which can be a daunting task), to save schedule time and unnecessary rerunning-of-tool-pains.  No longer do you need to depend solely on multiple engineers to work on ECOs manually or maybe with error prone scripts that need to be customized for different situations.  Conformal ECO can takes it's place or can augment an ASIC flow and do what its only purpose in life is - to generate the ECO logic - and then stick that into the original golden design.  It's a choice that our customers' love.  Why waste work that you've already done (like closing timing on a tough design, then re-doing it all at the last minute because less than 0.00001% of the design changed due to an ECO) when you can use tool automation to do the job at lightning speed with minimal effect on your ASIC flow?  Or why spend manual effort day after day, week after week, when you can spin many ECOs in one day using tool automation? It totally makes sense as a solution to a common problem, since almost every design goes through some ECOs eventually based on customer feedback and my past experiences as a designer, which is why people are coming in masses to find out more and get their hands on Conformal ECO.

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Over the past year, here are some customer quotes about Conformal ECO:

"This is SOOO cool - must be the hottest thing in Cadence right?"

"This is similar to the advent of synthesis, the impact is unthinkable."

"Finally, something innovative that we need.  I never liked doing manual ECOs."

"You saved my schedule by at least a month, and I just started using it.  I love Conformal ECO!!!"

"Because of Conformal ECO, I can now go home on time and spend time with the family on the weekend." (this one made my customer and me laugh)

"I don't fear ECOs any more - big or small, it doesn't matter."

"ECO automation has changed the way we make business decisions.  We use Yes/No metrics with the help of data from Conformal ECO now."

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Overall, Conformal ECO has had an unbelievable journey in helping our customers and impacting their businesses immediately.So, back to the green-friendy theme - think of all the power-hungry machines (from unnecessary jobs) that you may not need to run because of ECO automation, in addition to all the other savings (like not having to stay up late at night burning the midnight oil on a nasty ECO). :)

P.S. If you're interested in Conformal ECO, two good papers to check out are CDNLive San Jose 2007 (AMD Conformal ECO) and CDNLive San Jose 2008 (Cisco Conformal ECO).  Ask your local account manager or AE for more information if you can't get access through http://www.cdnusers.org/.

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