Chris Rowen, CTO, Cadence's IP Group
EETimes (12/30/2015 10:48 AM EST)
We know what to expect from the global electronics innovation cycles—more of everything: density, chips, standards, IP blocks, on and on. But is that it? In 2016, we should expect the unexpected.
Commercial IP has become a universally accepted mainstay of modern SoC design. It is hard to imagine how most of today’s leading electronic platforms could happen without the high-quality processors, DSPs, bus fabrics, DDR controllers, memory macros, standard cells, I/O controllers, high-speed PHYs and key analog interfaces supplied by a wide ecosystem of IP builders. Does that mean that 2016 is just more of the same, everyone creep at little more up and to the right? Yes and no.
We know what to expect from the global electronics innovation cycles—more density, more chips, more industry standards, more IP blocks, better tools and continued intense pressure of price, power, performance and differentiation. But is that it? Is that what innovation is all about? I think not. In 2016, we should expect the unexpected.
Let’s look at four related areas:
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