ElectronicsWeekly.com quotes Wally Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics, in an interview story published today:
“During the last fifty years, challenges of this type were met with innovative process and design approaches at the component level. In the next fifty years, these challenges, and many new ones, will present themselves at the system level. Achieving the low power dissipation needed for both portable and stationary electronics will move us from clever techniques in chip layout or functional design to design technology that can minimize power at the system level.”
Further, Rhines says:
“Simulation and analysis of complete systems, executing software and connecting sub-systems in multi-physics domains, is becoming a reality and will be routine for even the most complex systems in the future.”
“This transition to system design will require analysis of electronic functions as the components execute software instructions and interact with the mechanical and optical components of the system. Fortunately the experience of the last fifty years will provide a valuable basis for the system design solutions required in the next fifty.”
These are truly excellent descriptions of System Realization as envisioned in EDA360. Mentor has a long history of developing system-level design tools and it would be silly for the EDA360 Insider to ignore that history. Nevertheless, Rhines’ comments to Electronics Weekly telegraph Mentor’s renewed and sharpened focus on System Realization as an essential element in a future, larger, more vibrant EDA industry. A warm welcome to the EDA360 club car for Wally Rhines and Mentor Graphics. Everyone’s now on board. Time to get the train moving.