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The Design Part of the R&D Equation: EDA*, DFM*, and why they are so important

Posted on: 25-Sep-2008

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Designers . . . you can love them, love to hate them, but you canít leave them. Imagine the chip industry as an art gallery. . . . To understand why something like DFM (Design For Manufacturing) is so difficult, you have to understand the deep and wide cultural sea that lies between design and manufacturing . . . Between 1992 and 2000, the average annual rate of growth in transistors designed by the IC part of the industry was 42%. But a slump in design output ó that actually started in 2000 and extended to 2003 ó brought the average annual rate of growth between 2001 and 2006 down to 21%. One could blame poor investment levels, which are surely part of the cause, but after a 45% jump in 2004, annual growth slowed systematically to 31% in 2005 and 22% in 2006. Ironically, the growth rate of the designer population doubled over these periods from 2% annually to 4% . . . Design Cost reductions in dollars per transistor averaged 19% per year between 1992 and 2000. This slowed to 5% between 2001 and 2006.

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