The Standards Game

Recently I participated in the 5th European Innovation Summit, held in Brussels at the European Parliament. The purpose of the annual summit is to bring perspectives from industry, academia, and government on how Europe can become more innovative. Innovation leads to industry, industry leads to jobs, jobs lead to a better economy. The theme of […]

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There’s a new kid on the EDA interoperability block. It’s the IEEE Standards Association’s Symposium on EDA Interoperability. It will be held on October 14, 2013 October 24, 2013 at the TechMart in Santa Clara CA USA. The event is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend. But you do have to […]

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The Standards Game has been on the road, participating in global events and activities that are shaping the future. (By “The Standards Game” I mean me – as President of the IEEE Standards Association, I’m exposed to all kinds of opportunities. Too bad I’m only one person as I’d like to participate in all of […]

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The South-by-Southwest is well known for its film, music, and interactive tracks. The annual SXSW festival (which sounds much more fun than “conference”) is held in Austin, Texas USA. This year it include more than 5,000 events that took place all over the city of Austin. I had always wanted to attend SXSW to see, […]

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We are continuously scanning the landscape, looking for areas where new standards are needed for electronic design. Those of us in the standards game have had successes and failures in identifying the needs of the design community for ongoing improvements to interoperability. I have two questions for you, dear readers. 1. What standards should we […]

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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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2012 was relatively quiet in The Standards Game. At least for EDA, that is. Perhaps we as an industry have matured to the level of “Cooperate on Standards, Compete on Products”. I, for one, hope that peace continues to prevail in the standards arena in EDA and that no one has to be sent to […]

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The design automation industry serves a global market. Semiconductor design is performed in countries all over the world. Our products rely on standards for quality and interoperability. SystemVerilog, UPF, UVM, and SystemC are just a few of the numerous standards we use that were developed under the OpenStand paradigm. The market-driven standards paradigm didn’t have […]

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“Voluntary adoption” is the last principle of the OpenStand modern paradigm for global standards. Suppliers are free to choose whichever standards they want to implement in their products. Consumers are free to choose the products they prefer. The market determines the success of the standards. In our industry, this is a given. Market-driven standards are […]

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The fourth principle, “Availability”, was challenging to develop, as you might imagine. Global standards must be readily available to everyone if they are to be adopted without barriers. OpenStand calls for standards to be made available under fair terms. In today’s world, some standards organizations give their standards away at no cost while others charge […]

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