Where Open Source EDA Works - And Doesn't

An Article in chipdesignmag.com By Richard Goering

As the EDA editor for EE Times for many years, I developed an interest in open-source EDA software. I wrote about various projects and tools, and put together a directory of open-source EDA tools that ran on the EE Times Web site. Despite my interest, open-source EDA tools never gained much traction—certainly not like the embedded software development world, where open-source software and tools are the norm.
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Models present another opportunity for open source. A recent article in the SLD community, “Moving to Open-Source Software,” noted that EDA users don’t want to get into the insides of commercial simulators, but they do want control over models. Virtual platform provider Imperas has launched an open-source modeling effort through its Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) initiative. This initiative provides a simulator that’s free ...

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