In a recession what EDA company would invest in philanthropy?

Actually, many EDA companies have a long-term vision to be philanthropic and encourage a love for science in our younger generation. This month I was invited by Mentor Graphics to attend an event at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. There is a new exhibit all about the process of designing things, so Mentor Graphics is one of the sponsor exhibits.

A local semiconductor company Triquint was also an exhibit sponsor.

I was really hoping to see something about IC design or EDA software in the Design exhibit, but alas the focus was more on the process of designing and creating in non-electronic ways. Hey OMSI, let’s showcase some of our high-tech resources here in the Silicon Forest.

Gordon Vreugdenhil, the Director of Architectural Initiatives for ModelSim was at the event and we chatted a bit.

Gordon Vreugdenhill (Mentor), Daniel Payne

I was fascinated to learn that ModelSim and other RTL simulators don’t really exploit multi-core CPUs. What struck me as odd was that SPICE simulators have figured out how to exploit mult-core CPUs to enable simulation speed ups, so why not RTL simulators? I kind of thought that digital simulators would be easy to exploit parallel processing compared to analog simulators. Hmm, sounds like an opportunity to me, especially since Synopsys has multi-core in their VCS simulator.

Cadence has a charitable side too, with the annual Stars & Strikes to raise money.

Synopsys encourages volunteers to help charities world-wide.

Finally,  Magma is charitable across many events:

  • Stars & Strikes (Cadence event)
  • Local food banks
  • Toys for Tots
  • Disaster relief (Iran earthquake, Puket tsunami)
  • Active military duty assistance
  • Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)
  • Myeloma Research Fund
  • Daughter of Erach Desai, cancer fundraiser

(Thank you Nanette Collins and Milan Lazich at Magma for an update)