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EDA users shunning the leading vendors?

Are European eda users beginning to turn away from the leading vendors in favour of products from smaller companies? Paul Double, managing director of EDA Solutions, believes so.

“The big companies are following the ‘bleeding edge’,” he claimed, “but most of our customers – and most European users – are developing products for industrial, automotive and high voltage applications and using technologies of 0.18µm and greater.”
Double made his comments as Tanner (whose products he distributes) upgraded Tanner Tools to version 13. “The release adds functionality for which you would previously have had to go to Cadence and Mentor. We’re now offering 80% of their functionality for 20% of the price and are looking to move to 90:10.”
Included in V13, announced at this week’s DATE event in Munich, is Verilog-A model support, sourced from Tiburon Design, and a 3d parasitic extraction tool developed by the Technical University of Delft.
“There’s a large base of basic users,” Double concluded, “but more and more companies are turning to Tanner for their entire chip design flow.”

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Graham Pitcher

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