The days following a major conference like DAC are a good time to reflect on the overall health and vibrancy of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. I’ve been in EDA for 21 years and built two successful startups, and over the last couple of years, have witnessed some decline in both new talent and in venture investment coming to EDA.
General Manager of Mentor Graphics' Place & Route group.
However, I am very optimistic that the future for EDA is brighter today than ever for a variety of reasons – the mobile computing revolution, a surge in semiconductor revenue, the transition to 20nm, and the emergence of 3D-IC manufacturing, just to name a few. These new industry trends and advanced process node challenges will likely make the EDA industry look more interesting to engineers, vendors, entrepreneurs, and investors.
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