Design engineers and EDA vendors used to scoff at the idea of cloud-based tools, but no one is scoffing anymore.
A decade after the idea of renting tools online fell flat, largely due to security concerns by chipmakers, all three of the major EDA players and some smaller rivals are taking cloud-based solutions very seriously again.
There are several reasons for this change in thinking. First of all, the sheer complexity of shrinking geometries has increased the amount of data that needs to be processed by orders of magnitude. That’s particularly true on the hardware verification and software emulation side.
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