>Why doesn'y anyone on this board ever mention backend physical verification and Cadence's future in that arena ?
Because it doesn't have a future? Backend PV is dominated by Calibre from Mentor. Cadence had the lead position with Dracula, but like so many other technologies, they milked it and then pissed the lead away.
Vampire was a joke and Affirma even more so. Cadence need to find a decent company and buy it. That's the only way they ever bring out good technology.