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System Design 2012 – Real Users Achieving Real Results!

Comments(0)Filed under: System Design and Verification, Acceleration, Emulation, embedded software, ARM, functional verification, CDNLive!, Rohde & Schwarz, Cadence, System Development Suite, Virtual System Platform, Palladium XP, Verification Computing Platform, Xilinx, Freescale, Schirrmeister, Methods2Business, LSI, LeCroy, ESL Market, DAC 2012, FPGA Based Prototyping, Samsung, dynamic power analysis, Nufront, low power optimization, Doulog, CSR, Sigma, Accelerated Verification IP, Altair, ST microelectronics, Ericsson, Texas Instruments

This morning the final success story my team has been working on for this year went live. Texas Instruments reports on how they achieved greater than 90% accurate correlation between an architectural power estimation and actual silicon! This deserves its own blog early next year, but meanwhile, it has triggered reflections on how the year 2012 went.

This year is special, actually, for me personally. It was this holiday season 15 years ago that I said goodbye to my parents and brother in Germany and moved to the U.S. to join Cadence, at the time as Technical Marketing Manager for the Felix Initiative, later resulting in the product VCC, short for "Virtual Component Co-Design." I remember the tearful goodbye 15 years ago and now all my bags are packed to go home to Germany to see my folks for the holidays. For sure I will have to report back whether the last 15 years were worth it.

In Germany the saying is that a man has to do three things in life to have lived: Plant a tree, write a book and father a child. I have planted many trees over the years in my garden. Check. I have at this point contributed at least 5 book chapters to various books -- two of them this year. Together with my articles and blog posts I am happy to argue the second point. Check. For the third point I have a wonderful almost 7 year old daughter joining me for the trip to Germany. Her Mom and I have now almost 8 years of successful parenting experience, but as all parents know, this is an ongoing project.

On the professional side my mission in the last 15 years has been like I remember Aart De Geus positioning it in a keynote at DATE in 2001 or 2002: "Now that the genome is deciphered, the design productivity gap is the next big problem to figure out. Let's get to it." And we have made huge progress! If anything, the year 2012 has been proof to me in many ways that real users are achieving real results using system-level design, and specifically with our System Development Suite.

Here are some of the highlights in my book:

What a year 2012 it was! I will truly be able to tell them that the last 15 years were well worth it! I witnessed system development to find adoption and this year especially a large number of real users were achieving real results.

Where will we go from here? I have been writing about my thoughts on that recently here in my Blog Frankly Speaking in my last post this year called "Looking back at 2012", as well as in my column Systems to Silicon in "Hybrid Execution And Software-Driven Verification Will Emerge In 2013".

Happy Holidays and let's have a great 2013!

Frank Schirrmeister

 

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