The EDA industry needs to move beyond EDA.
Sound counterintuitive? Not so much when the words come from the lips of Chris Rowen, the founder and CTO of Tensilica, and a guy I consider one of the most articulate observers of our industry.
And while it's counterintuitive, it's in fact not even at odds with EDA's traditional bread-and-butter proposition: tools to solve complex design problems.
Rowen, to be sure, has a unique seat from which to offer his views. Tensilica has been a longtime provider of data-plane processors in the IP space, where hardware meets software, where architects grapple with so many integration and design issues. Rowen sees Moore's law and its effect on SoC design continuing to force specialization into and around that device. But as that happens in near real time, we can get lost in the weeds if we're not careful.
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