"Anticipating a sweeping shift by chip designers from Sun
Solaris workstations to Intel-based Linux systems, Cadence Design
Systems Inc. has announced plans to port all of its chip-design
tools to 32-bit versions of Linux by early 2003. The company said
will also port some of its physical verification tools to 64-bit
versions of Linux by June 2003.
"Sun Microsystems Inc. dismissed predictions of a dramatic shift
by chip designers toward Linux, though the company is now briefing
users on plans to roll out its first general-purpose Linux
"More than three-quarters of Cadence's IC design tools are now
sold to users of the Solaris operating system on Sun workstations.
But the company anticipates that 15 percent to 20 percent of its IC
tools sales will be for Intel-based Linux systems in the next 12
months, growing to 30 percent to 60 percent by 2005, said Craig
Silver, vice president of marketing for IC solutions at