Rocky Road To Designing Chips In The Cloud

EDA is moving to the cloud in fits and starts as tool vendors sort out complex financial models and tradeoffs while recognizing a potentially big new opportunity to provide unlimited processing capacity using a pay-as-you-go approach.

By all accounts, a tremendous amount of tire-kicking is happening now as EDA vendors and users delve into the how and why of moving to the cloud for chip design and verification. Not all tools are available in the cloud today, and companies that have their own data centers are likely to continue using them. But EDA in the cloud is adding new opportunities for tools companies, as well as established chipmakers and startups looking to experiment with different architectures and designs.

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