The Standards Game

Archive for January 2008

 

EDA Standards – Helping or Hurting?

At last year’s EDP (Electronics Design Processes) conference, I was asked to answer the question: “EDA standards – are they helping or hurting?” I said then (and I say now) the answer is, Yes! Yes, they have helped, and yes, they have hurt. The beginning of standard formats in EDA coincides, not by accident, with […]

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Unified Power Format at EDSFair in Japan

Three of the four largest EDA companies are continuing worldwide promotion of the Unified Power Format (UPF) standard for low power IC design. “EDA trio offers UPF-based products” and “EDA Tools Standardise on Unified Power Format”. This week, Synopsys, along with its UPF partners, Magma and Mentor Graphics, will present an update on UPF tool […]

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"You're Not Invited" is Open?

I was amused by a recent EETimes article written by my counterpart at Cadence. In the article, Stan Krolikoski states, “One of the ploys of many an EDA company releasing a technology is to call the technology ‘Open.’” He then proceeds to describe the “openness” of OVM. I find it ironic that OVM was certainly […]

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Keeping a heated meeting under control

I’ve been to a lot of standards meetings. More than I can count. Generally, the meetings have been civilized and the participants have been respectful. Yet, there have been occasions when tempers flared and adults behaved like children. A few months ago, I observed a simple process for keeping a heated meeting under control. The […]

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Happy Holidays! A Global Greeting

I wish all of you a very successful and joyful 2008! During my break, I saw a story on the news about a push to abandon the greeting “Happy Holidays” in favor of “Merry Christmas”. The idea is that “Happy Holidays” is too generic and doesn’t reflect what the holiday is about. Not for the […]

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