EE Times: Synopsys brings Linux into EDA mainstream

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“The open-source Linux operating system will receive by far its
biggest EDA endorsement next week, when Synopsys Inc. announces
that it is porting its Verilog VCS simulator to Red Hat Linux. The
popularity of VCS, the number-two Verilog simulator, pushes Linux
much deeper into the EDA mainstream than it has ventured

“Linux is also entering the pc-board CAD market. Dansk Data
Electronik A/S (DDE) announced at last week’s PCB Design Conference
West that it has ported its Supermax E-CAD layout system to Red Hat
Linux. The Danish company has just opened a U.S. office, in Newport
Beach, Calif.”

“Linux, which was almost completely discounted by analysts and
vendors just months ago, is suddenly turning heads. “Linux is
making a very strong showing now that Red Hat has come into the
picture,” said Dataquest’s Smith. By offering a standardized
version of Linux, Smith said, Red Hat has solved “almost all” of
the problems that EDA vendors had with the operating system, which
formerly was available under many different versions.”


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