Christoph Hammerschmidt, EE Times(06/03/2009 2:09 PM EDT) MUNICH, Germany
—As if the current downturn weren't challenging enough, the semiconductor industry is also headed for increasing challenges from higher design costs and production at smaller geometries, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys Inc.
The cost of designs is going up because of increasing costs for embedded software development and verification, both of which will grow disproportionately fast, de Geus said in a presentation at the GSA & IET Semiconductor Forum here Wednesday (June 3).
But de Geus noted that every crisis presents its own opportunities and said that the current economic recession is no different.
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