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EE Times: Cadence Expects Shift to Intel-based Linux Systems

Jun 12, 2002, 09:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Merritt)

"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 workstation.

"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 Cadence.

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