EE Times: Irritation Prompts Engineer to Write Open-Source Tool
Oct 31, 2002, 05:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Goering)
"Engineer Shiv Sikand was so upset with Synchronicity Inc.'s
commercial data management tool that he wrote his own open-source
software to do the job. While Sikand touts the superiority of his
software, representatives of Synchronicity say it falls far short
of the company's EDA-centric tools.
"Sikand developed the cdsp4 software, which links Cadence Design
Systems Inc. tools to Perforce Software Inc.'s data management
system, several years ago when he worked at Silicon Graphics Inc.
He subsequently decided to offer the interface on an open-source
basis. He is currently a member of technical staff at Matrix
Semiconductor Inc., a maker of 3-D memory chips.
"Sikand minced no words about the history of cdsp4 in a recent
E-Mail Synopsys Users Group newsletter. 'I have used DesignSync
DFII from Synchronicity and found it to be one of the worst tools I
have ever used in my life,' he wrote. 'In fact, it was so bad that
I wrote my own interface while at SGI and subsequently open-sourced