This section provides an overview for eda tools as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 5 eda tool manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked eda tool companies as of November, 2023: 1.Synopsys, Inc., 2.Xilinx, 3.Intel PSG.
EDA (Electric Design Automation) tools are software and hardware tools that support the electrical design process in order to improve efficiency and automation.
Taking home appliances as an example, the design process for these products begins with system (conceptual) design, followed by circuit design, assembly, repeated prototyping, and completion of the final product. In this process, EDA tools play an important role in product design.
EDA tools are available for different design processes. Tools for product design such as home appliances include tools for system (conceptual) design and its simulation, which is the most upstream design process, tools for circuit design and its simulation, tools for printed circuit board layout, and tools for designing against unwanted emissions.
In the field of semiconductor design, there are semiconductor device design tools and their simulation tools, logic and timing design tools and simulation tools, and layout design tools and simulation tools in semiconductors.
It is possible to proceed with design without using EDA tools. It is also possible to use some of the aforementioned tools.
However, manufacturers of various products, such as home appliances and semiconductor devices, are now competing with companies worldwide.
Unfortunately, the good old days of "just make it, and it will sell" are long gone, and the game is now decided by how quickly and inexpensively we can provide high-function, high-performance products. To achieve this, circuits are becoming denser, smaller, lighter, and more power-efficient.
In order to maintain a competitive advantage over competitors, overwhelming development power and development speed are required in this environment, and EDA tools provide powerful support for this.
The first step in designing a product is to ask what kind of product will be made. What functions should be included? The first step is to determine how much the product should cost, and then to consider the system configuration to realize this cost.
System design tools are effective in this process. The simulation function of the system design tool is used to verify whether the virtual system configuration created on the computer is optimal or not. This is to verify if the performance, functions, and cost meets the expected values.
If the simulation results are unsatisfactory, the system is reconstructed and simulated again, repeating the trial-and-error process to reach the optimal system. If this process were to be done by actually building a product, it would require a large amount of time, but by using EDA tools, it can be done on a computer, making verification possible in a short period of time.
The same approach can be used in the subsequent design process to shorten the total design period.
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Intel PSG, founded in Santa Clara, California in 1968 is a manufacturer of processors, chipsets and wireless products. The company's product portfolio includes Graphics Processing Units, Systems & Devices, programmable devices, and non-volatile memory solutions. their products are used in laptops, desktops, mobile phones, AI analytics and self-driving cars. The company serves markets including Automotive and Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage and Electronics and IT Infrastructure. The company has operations all around the world and provides global technical and customer support.
Synopsys, founded in Sunnyvale, California, in 1986 is a manufacturer of electronic equipment such as Smart medical devices, wearables, and autonomous cars. The company's product portfolio includes silicon chips, Semiconductor IP, RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Virtual Prototyping and Signal & Power Integrity. The company serves markets including Automotive and Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy and Energy Storage and Electronics and IT Infrastructure. They also provide services including Open-Source Audits, Open Source Risk Management, RF Design, Silicon Lifecycle Management and Software Supply Chain Security.
Keysight Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1939 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. Keysight is a global developer and manufacturer of electronic design and test solutions to communications, networking, aerospace, defense, and government, automotive, energy, semiconductor, electronic, and education industries. Keysight’s communications solutions group solutions include electronic design automation software; radio frequency and microwave test solutions, hardware and virtual network test platforms and software applications, as well as optical laser source solutions. Keysight’s electronic industrial solutions group offers various design tools and verification tools. Keysight offers product support, technical support, and training and consulting services. It sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, and manufacturer's representatives.
Xilinx founded in 1959, is a manufacturer of technology components and semiconductors which invested in the FPGA and Adaptive SoCs. The products include accelerators, graphic cards, processors, computer platforms, and servers. The company is behind the production of Alveo X3 Series, NIC X2 Series Offload, KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit and KR260 Robotics Starter Kit, and many others The company in San Jose, California a researcher, developer, and designer of software, apps, and tools, including virtualization, cloud computing, green IT, and energy efficiency.
Siemens EDA is an American distributor of integrated circuit (IC) as well as printed circuit board (PCB) design and verification software that was established in 1981 as a subsidiary of the German company Siemens AG. Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, the company offers emulation, simulation, layout, wire harness, and design-for-manufacturing software tools for use in conceptualizing and testing various IC or PCB mockups. This saves time in the prototyping and troubleshooting stages of their production processes, increasing efficiency while reducing risk of cost overages. Siemens EDA chiefly serves clients in the semiconductor, aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics sectors.