History of EDA (electronic design automation)?
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Tue Dec 12 11:52:16 CST 2006
At 10:24 PM -0700 12/11/06, Richard wrote:
>What about the design software? I imagine the first generation of EDA
>software was created in-house by pioneers of VLSI design. But what
>about when the tools started to become commodities? What about early
>releases of software from a company like Mentor Graphics?
Have you seen the prices of just a single seat of that kind of
software? Plus they require license servers for the software to
work. It doesn't matter if you have the software without the
licenses the stuff won't run, and both tend to be highly guarded.
Also a lot of in-house software is still used. This isn't the kind
of thing that finds its way out of the companies that use/write it.
At 9:13 AM -0800 12/12/06, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>ZyCAD was the one I was trying to remember. A friend went to work
>there swearing that it was "the way of the future". One of those
>technological dead-ends, I guess. Flash in the pan.
That's the one I was thinking of. I helped support a bunch of the
boxes nearly 10 years ago. Rather fragile frightening boxes as I
recall. After Zycad went under we kept them alive for a short time
via cannibalization until we could get everything moved off of them.
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