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In Memory of Steve Chidester

Steve Chidester was a class act. EDA software can be a cutthroat place, but good luck finding someone who would even think of saying something unkind about Steve. Known inside Cadence as “Mr. Allegro,” Steve could as well have been called Boomerang for the … Continue reading

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The New Verticals

Chasing the vertical OEMs is not a new strategy in EDA. But it is becoming that much more widespread as the major players extend their reach from automotive (long the domain of Mentor Graphics) to other sectors. Semiconductor design companies … Continue reading

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CAD Software Pricing Wars Heat Up

Another price/performance battle is heating up in PCB design software, and this time Altium could feel the burn. Altium has experienced decent growth over the past few years, reaching about $75 million in annual sales. That’s not a huge sum compared to … Continue reading

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What About PCB?

As the major CAD vendors hold their quarterly conference calls, one thing to watch is whether analysts are asking about PCB design tools. For the most part, they aren’t. So while Cadence’s PCB and IC packaging software lines saw good … Continue reading

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Cadence: All Sync’d Up

Cadence today announced the release of point revisions to both Allegro and OrCAD, continuing its tradition of keeping releases of its major platforms in sync. They show significant upgrades in timing speeds and simulation speeds, respectively, as well as better … Continue reading

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Riding High on Design

The herd is riding on the EDA vendors, almost all of which are at or near 52-week high share prices. In the past week, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys hit or were trading just pennies off their yearlong highs. National Instruments … Continue reading

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Behind the Sigrity Deal

Cadence’s acquisition of Sigrity, announced yesterday, is a big deal for reasons beyond the technology being acquired. Sure, it’s great for Cadence to gets its hands on Sigrity’s power and signal integrity tools. But what this move also underscores is … Continue reading

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2581 Hits a Milestone

For years one of the hangups for any data transfer format hoping to supplant Gerber has been the lack of independent validations that the output from a given CAD tool could be accurately read in CAM. That’s why the IPC-2581 … Continue reading

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IPC-2581 Update

It’s been a while since I updated readers on the IPC-2581 Consortium. Here’s a few tidbits: The group of supporters continues to grow, and a couple large IT and test equipment OEMs are now considering joining. At least one announcement … Continue reading

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Data Transfer in the News

A couple new articles are out on the IPC-2581 and ODB++ data transfer formats. On Oct. 2, longtime EDA journalist Richard Goering provided a well-written writeup on the “lively panel discussion” (“Data Transfer in the 21st Century”) we held during … Continue reading

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