Wally Rhines gave the keynote at DVCon yesterday. He started out with a game of "name that graph" which was unfortunately a bit spoiled since when the names were revealed the first line was off the top of the screen. But he extrapolated several trends such as the decreasing number of fabs (the current trend is that there won't be any left by 7nm) or the number of EDA companies left for Synopsys to acquire. Or that in a few more years, designers will spend 100% of their time on verification.
But then he had some more serious graphs. Mentor had run a 3rd party survey examining trends in verification. This survey has been done under various auspices several times in the last decade. But it was done blind, nobody who participated knew it was Mentor sponsoring the survey, and by the way that the question that asked about simulators had Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys pretty much equal meant that it didn't get biased towards Mentor's own customers.
I'm not going to try and recap all the graphs here, but pull out a few trends that Wally highlighted. Or is that highlit?
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