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ASIC Prototypers Target Specific Markets

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Even now, chip companies are taking their best guess at which markets will experience sizable growth in the near future. These “guesses” are reflected in the types of ASIC projects that today’s designers are architecting today with virtual prototypes for software and FPGAs for hardware.

What are these markets? Our recent survey data (see Figure) indicates that FPGA-based prototyping of ASICs are focused on the following market segments:

  • Embedded
  • Wireless networking
  • All areas of consumer electronics (video, audio, games)
  • Medical and industrial

Figure: Comparisons between a 2008 versus a 2009 survey show growth potential in both medical and industrial chip markets.

Figure: Comparisons between a 2008 versus a 2009 survey show growth potential in both medical and industrial chip markets.

These trends complement early observations about future growth in the semiconductor market: “Semiconductor Growth – When and Where?“  But these trends go further by highlighting the growing importance of both the medical and industrial business segments.

What role will EDA play in these markets? Clues to answer that question may come from an ongoing “EDA Tools and Technology” survey, which I’ll report on later.

EDA Tech and Tool survey – Amazon and Dangdang certificates

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Hi all. Yesterday, I launched a new survey – “EDA Technology and Tools,” which runs through next Wed (Nov 25). There will be a drawing for twenty, $15 Amazon (or Dangdang) certificates. See below for details.

BTW: Congrats to the winners from the FPGA Survey. 

Cheers. — John

EDA Technology and Tool survey
Nov 9, 2009 through Nov 25, 2009
First 200 eligible for 20 Amazon gift certificates

Hello. We are conducting a global survey on EDA Technology and Tools and would appreciate about 10 minutes of your time to answer a number of key questions. Please answer all questions so we have a comprehensive data set.

Extension Media (publishers of Chip DesignEmbedded Intel® Solutions – North America and China, System-Level Design and Low-Power Engineering portals) is conducting this research study focusing on the evolving trends in EDA tool usages and technology. We would like to receive input from EDA tool users, chip designers-manufacturers, software designers and system engineers-architects working in the EDA and semiconductor industries.

Go to EDA Survey

In appreciation for your time, 20 respondents will be selected at random to receive a $15.00 gift certificate from [Chinese respondents living outside the US will be entered to win gift certificates from either or]

The drawing will be held on December 3, 2009. To qualify, respondents must complete the survey by Thursday, November 25, 2009 AND complete all of the required qualification data (indicated with an asterisk) and a majority of the remaining questions..

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

– John Blyler, Editor-in-Chief