At DVCon 2013 I asked JL Gray's panel if we would ever have Free tools, like the software world. None of panelists seemed to think so. One of the panelists, a Mentor employee, scoffed, "you get what you pay for with free tools." Never mind that their (and Cadence's and Synopsys'1) products are very likely developed with tools that contain millions of lines of Free software.
I've been been ruminating on that ever since, and this past November I decided to do something about it. Thus you see this business, Millennium Software Design.
Millennium Software Design loves Free software. Our goal is to bring it to the EDA world. We are starting with unmodified existing open source tools such as Icarus Verilog and Verilator (see complete list here). Many engineers already quietly use these tools with great success. Our plan is to spread the use of these tools and to help improve upon them in order to continually offer you more (as part of your subscriptions, of course ☻).
A top priority of ours is to provide an open source mixed language simulator. Many existing code bases are a mix of (System)Verilog and VHDL, and these projects need a simulator that can handle both languages. Once support for those two core languages is working, then support for newer, even better HDLs can be added to the mix.
With that said, welcome to our blog. We will be posting a mix of technical content, announcements and news, and will even sometimes wax philosophical.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.
Mentor, Cadence, and Synopsys; AKA, The Big 3 of EDA.
Published: Jan. 30, 2020
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