>
> Combined in what way? Personally I write HDL (verilog), draw schematics,
> layout PCBs, and write embedded software - I doubt many Protel customers
do
> all that as individuals although many will as companies. What use is a
VHDL
> or C compiler to a guy like...

Over the last 6 or so years of going to Surface Mount Conferences in
Australia it has been my experience that there a re a lot of people
percentage wise who do just that ( Smaller operations who can't afford to
employ a specialist for every step of the process ).

At risk of relating the obvious. There appears to be a divide, on one side
lies the PCB draftsman who gets to specialise in Layout & Documentation. On
the other lies the Engineering/Technician bods who get to, or have to, do
the lot from end to end. Apparently the latter is also a bit of an
Australian 'trait' embedded in the psyche from the earlier years where the
'Tyranny of Distance' was all too real ( Have a look at a globe and it will
be clear... )

Once more manufacturers use 'Soft' micro's with external specs similar to
the current embedded engines then the '1000 and 1' variations will disappear
from their inventory as it is cheaper to make 1 chip type in 3 or 4 package
sizes and supply the peripherals as VHDL.

Currently the devices are not quite there as they don't have all of the
required functionality in the one chip ( SRAM, Flash, low power ) yet at a
competitive price.  I would expect to see this point reached sometime real
soooonnnn. To take the conversation full circle, at this point the success
of the device in general production will rely on a low cost integrated tool
set to deal with all aspects of the Design process for the chip.


Cheers

Don Ingram


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