Gary Smith, probably the best-known EDA analyst in the country, has just published his top-4 list of IC design houses marketing semiconductors. Here’s the short version with brief explanations. (For the whole megillah, see his free report.)
- NVIDIA—Best vision of the emerging heterogeneous processor cluster architecture. (Note: see my previous blog post about next week’s free, live NVIDIA presentation on GPUs.)
- Samsung—Leadership in memory plus SoC design capability.
- STMicro—Highly talented design teams and CAD group.
- Broadcom—Analog design automation.