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Will Stage 4 Mark the End of Semiconductor EDA Consolidation?

Everyone talks about the increasing consolidation of the EDA tools market, but few provide quantified data for accurate predictions.

Mergers won’t guarantee the survival of chipmakers, explained Microchip’s CEO Steve Sanghi in a recentEETimes article by Rick Merritt. “Mergers are marking the chip industry’s maturity as companies get bigger to survive harsher times ahead.”

The consolidation of the EDA market is nothing new. The past three years have been a particularly active period. But consolidation can not continue forever in a market where venture-capital funding is declining for semiconductor start-ups. Is there any way to gauge the level of consolidation in the market as a whole and in particular the EDA tools segment? Further, is there a level of consolidation at which IP design and reuse will be adversely affected? We’ll start with the first question.

Read the entire post on the Chipestimate.com “IP Insider

The Current State Of Model-Driven Engineering

Panelists from industry, national laboratories, and the Portland State System Engineering graduate program recently gathered for an open forum on model-driven engineering.

The goal of the forum—which was hosted in collaboration with PSU, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and IEEE—was to connect systems engineering and IT modeling to domain specialties in electronic/electrical, mechanical and software engineering. Panelists included speakers from Mentor Graphics, ANSYS, CH2M Hill, Pacific Northwest National labs, SAIC, Veterans Affair Resource Center and PSU.

To clarify what is meant by systems engineering (SE), Herman Migliore, director of PSU’s SE program, cited Norm Augustine’s often quoted definition: Systems engineering is the practice of creating means of performing useful functions through combination of two of more interacting components. This broad definition encompasses all domain specific SE disciplines, including hardware and software.