Taken for Granted

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Archive for November, 2008

The Myths of EDA – the 70% Rule

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2008 @ 11:58 pm in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

I have long been interested in some of the cliches that have gained credence in the EDA and design communities – statements made and repeated many times, and accepted as facts.  One that has intrigued me is the statement “70% of the effort in product development is spent on verification” (or variations thereof – could [...]

“42″ is not the answer

Posted: Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 @ 1:15 am in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

I was working on a presentation that I will be giving at VLSI 2009 in New Delhi in January of next year, and was consulting the 2007 ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors), in particular, the “System Drivers” chapter.   This had a couple of interesting charts showing the number of processing elements (PE’s) predicted over [...]

EDA Blogger BoF meeting at ICCAD 2008: Wednesday 12 Nov, 1600-1800

Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

After a first Birds of a Feather meeting at DAC 2008 on the whole area of EDA Blogging, there is another one at ICCAD, Wednesday 12 November from 1600-1800 (4 pm to 6 pm).    You can read more about it at Sean Murphy’s blog, as he is the chief organiser.  If you are interested in [...]

The debate over the definition of ESL continues

Posted: Saturday, November 8th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is an interesting debate and discussion going on at Glenn Perry’s blog on the definition of ESL – see “Keeping the “E” in ESL”.   I won’t try to hijack the debate here (a violation of “blogiquette” in my opinion) – so please follow the link to Glenn Perry’s blog and join in the discussion [...]