I always look forward to hearing from Harry Foster on his analysis of the Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study that is commissioned by Mentor Graphics every  two years. They always throw up some unexpected data and 2014 was no different.

In this article Harry identifies a number of unexpected trends

  • The data suggest that the smaller the design—the less likelihood of achieving first silicon success
  • The data suggest that design effort has risen significantly in the last two years

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