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  • edabarsteward edabarsteward Oct 27, 2008 11:25 AM Flag

    no future in the EDA

    Another dumbass comment. Software tools are not free - the most widely used s/w development environment is probably Microsoft Visual Studio which costs several hundred dollars. Even "free" tools such as Java from Sun are really subsidized by the sale of Sun hardware. EDA is a multi-billion $ industry - you can question it's growth, but there are companies doing quite well, and others not so well. Take a look at the SNPS balance sheet.

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    • I forgot to add, pricing is a function of supply and demand. Comparing s/w compilers & debuggers with EDA is like comparing screw drivers with bench saws.

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      • Cadence made the huge, huge mistake of "giving" software away
        for free to their customers or potential customers just to prevent
        missing their numbers for the year. This set a very bad
        precedence, not to mention devaluing the tools and then potentially
        EDA overall, which is why some might think "EDA is dead" or
        "there's no future in EDA". Why then, would EDA s/w vendors
        do this? Not all of them do; you have to look at the source; Cadence.
        They lost sight of what was really important like developing tools for their
        customers and the industry and concentrated on creatively
        doing whatever it took to look good on the street. This
        kind of business can't be sustained. It's not all Fister
        or the executive team's fault. It's what has become of
        corporate America over the last 15 years or so; they've
        let the MBAs and their greedy mentality for making money
        fast dominate, especially in Silicon Valley (how many CEOs
        per square mile?). Synopsys was headed in this direction
        about 8 years ago, then they went back to school. They've
        invested in "people managers" again, whereas Corporate America,
        conversely, has been substituting MBAs (with slicky-dicky
        sales mentalities) for managers with motivational, organizational
        and technical skills. Much of these talented folks left Cadence
        (either on their own or through house cleaning) and landed
        at Synopsys or Mentor Graphics. If Cadence wants to become
        "reborn", or if Corporate America wants to get back to
        producing great products and great services, then they need
        great leaders and leadership skill sets. Plain and simple.


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