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One-On-One: Lip-Bu Tan


Lip-Bu Tan, CEO of Cadence, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the impact of massive increases in data across a variety of industries, the growing need for computational software, and the potential implications of U.S.-China relations. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: What do you see as the biggest change for the chip industry? Tan: We're in our fifth g... » read more

Computational Software: The Foundation Across Software Disciplines


You may have seen the term "computational software" more often recently. What are some prominent examples? Why do we in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry have to deal with math in the first place? Wasn't chip design all about drawing polygons at one point? I’m glad you asked! Computational software supports and manages the complexity of fundamental industry trends—hyperscal... » read more

Computational Software


To power the technologies and products of the future, end-application system companies are increasingly designing the full stack of their solution. Some are even designing their own semiconductors, and optimizing the end-to-end solution across chips, packages, printed circuit boards (PCBs), software, and the entire system to meet demanding market requirements. This movement is driving a converg... » read more

A New EDA Paradigm Emerges In Computational Software


Cadence has a new white paper out on Computational Software. I've written on these topics before, most recently in the posts: Computational Software System Analysis: Computational Software at Scale To set the scene, here is the abstract from the white paper: Electronics technology is evolving rapidly, becoming pervasive in our lives. There are more smartphones in use than there a... » read more

Math And Electronic Design Automation


Even though our teenage children may not show it the proper appreciation (yet), math is often referred to as the "universal language." And it is, even in EDA. Whenever I’m asked what the heck I do in my day job, I often fall back on analogies—a lot of them refer to building houses. For the geekier ones among us, I have even invoked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Slartibartfast to ex... » read more