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It is widely accepted that integrated circuit (IC) design productivity is a limiting factor to realizing theavailable transistor capacity of ICs today. The massive increase in data and need for more accurate modelingdue to the effects of shrinking feature sizes make it unreasonable to continue to transfer a designbetween sequential applications using ASCII interchange formats. Cycle times in critical design loopsthat depend on sequential processing using ASCII files for data transfer suffer significant file translationoverhead as those files grow with transistor count.A logically central repository for design information makes it possible to overcome key failings of traditionalElectronic Design Automation (EDA) environments. A common information model enables greatefficiencies by eliminating data translation among design and analysis tools. IC design customers canimprove their choice among tools while realizing more effective and better performing design systemswhen those tools utilize standard APIs for data access and manipulation. Software integrators of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems for ICs can focus on methodology and functionality rather than theincompatibilities in communciation between design tools.
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David James "Mac" McAllister (born 12 January 1971) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany.
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