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The IEEE-SA is tackling thorny standard-patent issues

One of the most – if not *the* most – contentious and complicated aspects of standardization is when patents are involved. The courts are full of cases that involve Standard-Essential Patents, which are patents that will necessarily be infringed upon when a standard is implemented. In October 2012, the United States Department of Justice set […]

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Snowden and Standards

No matter what you think about Edward Snowden – sinner, saint, or something else – he had some interesting things to say yesterday at the SXSW interactive festival. He broadcasted live from Russia via Google+ Hangout into several large halls in the Austin Convention Center which were packed with thousands of people. The session was […]

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A standards struggle of global proportions

I thought you might find this interesting. As I begin my two-year term as President of the IEEE Standards Association, these are the kinds of standards struggles that I’ll be exposed to. While not diminishing the importance of EDA standards (and the occasional struggle we’ve been through), this standards struggle puts ours in a whole […]

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Standards needed for 3D?

There is more and more talk about the need for standards and interoperability in 3D. We mean 3D ICs – stacking chips in a single package – not to be confused with 3D entertainment which also is looking at creating standards such as those for 3D glasses. And there is more and more action being […]

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From timing to power: the shift in modeling standards

There’s been a shift in what’s needed in modeling standards for IC design. The focus has moved from timing to power consumption. Timing modeling, which dominated much of the effort from the early to mid 00’s, has sorted itself out. The Liberty format (.lib) has been successfully extended for demanding nanometer timing accuracy by customers […]

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It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, the challenges are the same

I have a new friend in the standards game. His name is Keith Boone, and he works on standards in the medical industry for GE’s Healthcare division. Keith’s recent blog post, “Tactics for standards setting: lead, follow, or get out of the way”, gives insights that pertain to challenges anyone in any industry faces while […]

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A format war that’s revving up

Toyota has been in the news a lot lately. Something you might not have heard about is the standards battle they’re involved in. It’s an interesting situation and the stakes are high. The automobile industry is moving into a new era of engine technologies. And there’s an “engine format war” being waged. Which will win […]

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Standardization is globally challenging

In writing my book, “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards”, I explored standardization challenges outside my regular field of electronic design automation. I was not at all surprised to find an abundance of stories about standards struggles in all kinds of industries. (Several of these stories are cited in the book.) EDA is not unique […]

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UVM: Collaboration for the Right Reasons

Congratulations to Accellera’s Verification IP Technical Subcommittee (VIP-TSC) for reaching yet another milestone on its journey to achieve harmony among verification standards. The near-unanimous desire and commitment to create a Universal Verification Methodology is an indication of the still growing need for collaboration among verification engineers, verification IP vendors, service providers, and tool suppliers – […]

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A milestone completed towards verification standards

I know it sounds funny, but I’d been anxiously awaiting a press release. A new standard had been ratified by Accellera, the premier standards-setting organization in my industry of chip design automation. So as not to steal their show, I had to wait until their press release came out to share the good news. Accellera’s […]

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