EDA Grabs Bigger Slice Of Chip Market
By Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering
With new customers creating demand, and some traditional customers shifting focus from advanced nodes, the various branches of the EDA tool industry may be where sticky technical problems are solved. IC manufacturing, packaging and development tools all are finding new ways to handle the pressures that artificial intelligence, automation and security put on systems. But how long will this sweet spot last for EDA?
Some of this comes about because of new market segments. “A few years ago, system-on-chip (SoC) architectures were focused on smart phone and tablets,” says Sergio Marchese, technical marketing manager at OneSpin Solutions. “Today’s leading-edge AI-centric designs include embedded FPGA fabric as well as software-programmable processing engines. We expect several families of such devices.”