> the early days of Daisy, Mentor, Valid you would have
> to pay ten's of thousands of dollars just for
> schematic capture! The PCB layout tools cost $100k+.
> This was before PC's came along.
>
> In the IC industry, they have to pay $100k-1m+ for a
> single software seat! I think PCB is doing pretty well
> compared to that.



Well not quite true  yes Some schematics tools cost 100K in the early days,
and one in particular cost $500 US.  The first time I saw orcad on a pirated
version,  my jaw dropped.  $500  I couldn't believe it!   Orcad went on to
capture 70 % of the entire Schmatic market with a product that now sells for
1500.   and can still compete with any program out there

Mike Reagan
EDSI


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