Analyst Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA is not afraid to tackle what he sees as myths and misconceptions. At his annual night-before-DAC talk at the Design Automation Conference Sunday, June 2, he debunked a "myth" that SoC design will become too expensive for all but a handful of large companies.
Smith also predicted an $8 billion EDA market (excluding services) by 2017, said the electronic system level (ESL) flow is nearly complete, and claimed that the EDA industry is well positioned to take over the embedded software business. But he acknowledged that the transition from RTL design to ESL is going more slowly than he had expected.
Smith said there are lots of rumors that SoCs are so expensive that the semiconductor industry as we know it won't survive. Nonsense, he said. "Look at the numbers for a change. Don't believe the rumors."
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