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Are the in-house DFM tools really the majority of those being used today ... i.e., is there really a market in the EDA space for vendors other than the big 3 or 4 who have the channel and the R&D budgets to pursue expensive advancements in this highly technical area?

In the absence of commercial tools, semiconductor companies do invest in building in-house tools. However, most of the innovation in EDA has, and will continue to, come from start-ups. Semiconductor companies have recognized this fact and are working with emerging start-ups to get early access to innovative technologies. These customers are also driving integration of new tools into their existing design flows.

Will the next generation of designers not need to worry about DFM because they'll be working more and more on reconfigurable or programmable platforms?

The need to account for the impact of process variations on performance and parametric yield will exist and grow for designers of sub-100-nanometer ASICs, as well as programmable or structured parts.

At DesignCon, the Business of DFM panel was almost more technical than the Technology of DFM panel. Is it an insurmountable problem to try to explain the context within which DFM tools are being developed and marketed? How many people really understand the problems being solved and the solutions being offered? How many VCs in the world really understand well enough to provide funding?

To clearly articulate the business value proposition of DFM/DFY, you need customer proof of yield improvement. We have been amazed at how well customers comprehend the value of DFM/DFY tools and the direction vendors must take, which is not necessarily the traditional route vendors have taken, or investors have advocated, in the past.


Editor's note: Thanks to Kris McArthur for the great photos of San Francisco included here. They are in order: The Golden Gate Bridge, The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, The Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco from Marin County, The Botanical Gardens, A view from the Marin Headlands, and Lombard Street - the crookedist street in the world.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Peter'
    Nice summary for those who will be there, beautiful expression of why you should be there. Just a single negative note, I am from Silicon Valley and I think that we can honestly say that this part of the world is blessed with two hearts, one that beats in beauty and one that beats in reason. There are incredible sights on both sides of the Bay, as I recently rediscovered Oakland and hiked the hills above San Jose.
    Maybe you should have advised all your readers to come early, stay later and bring the family! From Point Lobos to Point Reyes, well, you get the point...

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