I have lot's of SNPS stock. Very good company but I fear they are going to start to milk their market and technical position which will hurt the stock price long term. Below are two messages from their users
After the merger of Synopsys and Viewlogic my fear is that some powerful tools used in ASIC design are most likely going to vanish. Here in Europe, Synopsys is trying to put quite a big pressure on Motive users to switch to PrimeTime. The customer is supposed to sign a "Motive Upgrade Certificate of discontinued Use" in which he agrees to cease the use of Motive after a fixed date (12/31/98). For his signature, the customer is offered a shared license which allows to check out either Motive or PrimeTime plus a free substitution of the Motive license into a PrimeTime license. To my knowledge PrimeTime does not provide the same features as Motive at the moment.
My question to the ESNUG readers is how they react on this offer.
- Will Synopsys succeed to convince Motive users to move to PrimeTime? - Do they move to PrimeTime without any complaints? Do they move at all?
- What about the costs for training the ASIC crew on PrimeTime and rewrite the scripts for an automated timing analysis flow?
John, please keep me anonymous.
John - > >Please don't associate my name with the following comments. This may be >controversial and I still have to work in this field. > >I am getting really fed up with the Synopsys hotline. Invariably I call >with a problem and talk to someone who is a poor communicator and who >seems to have little practical experience with Design Compiler (thankfully >I am using mainstream tools). I don't understand how Synopsys can accept >putting someone on the hotline who has trouble communicating verbally and >in writing. In the last ten years I have worked with engineers who were >born in India, China, Ireland, U.K., Malaysia, Israel, the former Soviet >Union, Taiwan, and the U.S. and none has had as much trouble communicating >as some of the folks on the Synopsys hotline. Once I do get through to >people they seem to be little more than grunts who need a test case to >reproduce my problem. I have not found engineers who can take a problem >description and hypothesize causes and/or solutions. Most don't even try. > >Twice with the last few months I have been told by hotliners that no solution >exists only to find a solution on my own or by talking to real design >engineers at my company who helped me figure it out. I tried restricting my >interaction with the hotline to mail messages, but the initial response time >was awful and the hotliners appear to prefer to call instead of send >e-mail... I wonder why? > >Perhaps if you anonymously publicize my situation you can do a poll and get >some feedback. My guess is that my situation is not isolated.
I heard a source within Synopsys that they are having troubles with 2nd quarter number: cancelling orders from customers especially from Asia Pacific, customers delay ordering certain products due to uncertainty about Viewlogic or Synopsys products.