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All Quiet on the Wilsonville Front

A timely piece from the hometown paper of Mentor Graphics looks at how Carl Icahn has calmed down now that Mentor’s stock price has doubled since he started accumulating shares of the company a couple years ago. The legendary investor … 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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Why Not Nick?

Nick Martin, the founder and, until last week, CEO of Altium, is fighting back against the board that tossed him out. But the real question isn’t whether he will regain his spot atop the CAD tool developer. It’s why the … 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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Talking Data Transfer at ZDAC

I had the great pleasure of attending Zuken’s ZDAC users group meeting earlier this month in San Antonio at the invitation of Steve Chidester, head of product marketing, and Amy Clements, marketing/sales manager. Steve and Amy had asked me to … Continue reading

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Change Time at Cadence?

John Bruggeman, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Cadence, is leaving the company after two years. This comes as something of a surprise to many industry watchers, given Bruggeman’s prominent role in reshaping the EDA vendor following its … Continue reading

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2 for the Show

The early sense is Carl Icahn will win two seats on Mentor’s board. Given there are eight seats total, and that Icahn and Casablanca Capital — another disgruntled shareholder that is supporting Icahn’s slate — between them own slightly more … Continue reading

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Sunstone’s ‘Fab’ Design Tool

Sunstone is again acting as much like a software company as it is a quickturn PCB fabricator. The board shop, which over the past few years has developed and honed its free CAD/DfM tool known as PCB123, today rolled out … Continue reading

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Altium on the Move

Altium is moving to Shanghai. Yes, you read that right. Sydney’s favorite EDA software developer is turning Chinese, relocating its headquarters and R&D operations to the mainland. That’s the “what.” The “why” is not so clear. In a press release, … Continue reading

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Market Ambivalence

The market, the saying goes, is always right. And if the market is right, Carl Icahn will not be the next owner of Mentor. Mentor’s board isn’t leaving anything to chance, announcing via an SEC filing today that it would … Continue reading

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