18 Apr '17, 3pm

Magnitudes of Mystery: Digital Systems that Nobody Designs

Most EDA technology - and much of the IP that goes with it - comes from three medium-sized companies: Synopsys, Cadence, and Mentor. The software sold by these three organizations designs and verifies most of the chips made on earth. Throw in IP from ARM, and you account for most of the actual “intelligence” on the hardware side of just about any system in the world. If you design with FPGAs, you’re in the hands of tool developers from Xilinx and Intel/Altera. The VERY small community of engineers who develop the key algorithms at these companies periodically float from one of these to the other as career situations change, creating a small but loose community of technologists who, arguably, control how every high-tech device in the world actually works. There is no separation of powers here, no checks and balances. The technology that verifies that our circuits will do wh...

Full article: http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20170418-magni...

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