Welcome to Custom Layout Insights! Our goal is to use this blog to discuss how we can drag custom layout into the 21st century by looking to the past for inspiration and the future for innovation.
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About the Author
I started in EDA before it was termed EDA. It was simply Computer-Aided Design back in 1977. I was working at GEC Traction in Manchester England (yes, I am a Brit) doing control gear for locomotives. It was all heavy duty relays and contactors back in those days. Then came the electronics revolution and with it came the first CAD system. It was a CALMA GDS1 system with green vector refresh displays and huge digitizers for entering the data. It was amazing what you could do with a Data General Eclipse computer and 16K (yes, Kilobytes) of core memory! Pretty soon I was running the CAD system, which at the time was one of the largest in Europe, if not the world. CALMA was expanding and I was recruited as an applications engineer. That was it; I was in EDA and have been ever since. I have held marketing and sales positions at Silvar Lisco and Neolinear and I have been chasing the holy grail of analog/custom layout automation ever since I ran marketing for Virtuoso at Cadence back in 1995. Past experience tells me we may never find the Holy Grail, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Follow this blog and see how we at Synopsys are progressing.