Note: this list updated to more than 200 at “EDA Bloggers 2009“
Ever since EE Times laid off Richard Goering (and seemed like it was no longer committed to covering EDA) I have been meaning to map the EDA Blogosphere. When JL Gray suggested a Blogging Birds of a Feather at DAC (scheduled for Wednesday June 11 6pm in Room 201B in the Anaheim Convention Center) I volunteered to help him and Harry Gries organize it, along with David Lin and John Ford. Final details are being worked out but it looks like Steve Leibson, Grant Martin, and George Harper will also be giving 3 minute lightning talks on different aspects of blogging.
There is also an edabloggers Yahoo Group you can sign up for if you want to be notified of updates, if this one goes well we may facilitate others at appropriate EDA-related conferences.
So this event was the spur I needed to uncover about sixty bloggers covering some aspect of electronic design automation:
- Achilles Test blog.achillestest.com
- Adventures in ASIC Digital Design asicdigitaldesign.wordpress.com
- All About EDA allabouteda.com
- Amdahl’s Law amdahlslaw.blogspot.com
- Anablog edn.com/blog/
- Analog Insights https://www.synopsys.com/blogs.html
- ASIC Digital Arithmetic http://asicdigitalarithmetic.wordpress.com
- ASIC-System On Chip (SoC)-VLSI Design asic-soc.blogspot.com
- Brad Pierce’s Blog (EDA Category) http://bradpierce.wordpress.com/category/eda/
- Bugs Are Easy bugsareeasy.wordpress.com
- CAD and VLSI cad-for-vlsi.blogspot.com
- Cadence Blogging Community cadence.com/community/blogs (many bloggers)
- Chips and BS chipsandbs.blogspot.com
- Coaching Excellence in IC Design Teams iccoach.blogspot.com
- Cool Verification coolverification.com
- CriticalBlue’s Common Thread criticalblue.com/blog
- Daniel Nenni’s Blog dnenni.wordpress.com
- Darkling Wood www.darklingwood.com
- Denali Memory Report www.denali.com
- Denali News www.denali.com
- Device Native www.devicenative.com
- DFT Digest www.dftdigest.com
- Digital Electronics Blog blog.digitalelectronics.co.in
- Digital IC Design digital-ic-design.blogspot.com
- EDA Blog www.edablog.com
- EDA Confidential 2.0 www.aycinena.com
- EDA DesignLine www.edadesignline.com/blogs
- EDA Geek www.edageek.com
- EDA Graffiti www.edn.com (see also Green Folder)
- EDA Tools on Fedora chitlesh.wordpress.com
- EDA Thoughtswww.chipdesignmag.com/payne/
- EDA Weekly www10.edacafe.com/nbc/articles/display_news.php?section=Magazine&news_title=EDA+Weekly&days_back=3600&ControlBtn=Disable
- Ed Sperling chipdesignmag.com/sld/sperling
- Eric Bogatin bethesignal.net/blog
- ESL Chat www.soccentral.com/results.asp?CatID=574
- ESL Edge chipdesignmag.com/sld/mcdonald/
- The Eyes Have It www.synopsys.com
- Five Computers www.fivecomputers.com
- FPGA and DSP from Scratch fpga-dsp-scratch.blogspot.com
- FPGA and Structured ASIC Journal www.fpgajournal.com
- FPGA Blog www.fpgablog.com
- FPGA Central www.fpgacentral.com/blog
- FPGA Simulation www.facebook.com/FPGASimulation
- FPGA World www.fpgaworld.com (in particular forums)
- Gabe on EDA www.gabeoneda.com
- Gary Smith EDA www.garysmitheda.com
- harry… the ASIC guy www.theasicguy.com
- Industry Insights community.cadence.com//blogs/ii (Richard Goering)
- IC Design and Verification Journal icjournal.com
- Inside Protocol Verification synopsysoc.org/insideprotocolverification/
- IntelligentDV www.intelligentdv.com/blog
- JB’s Circuit www.chipdesignmag.com/blyler
- John’s Semi-Blog jab-semi.blogspot.com
- JTAG boundaryscan.blogspot.com
- Kiran Bulusu’s Blog www.srikiran.net/blog
- Koby’s Kaos www.chipdesignmag.com/kobylecky
- Leibson’s Law www.edn.com/blog/980000298.html
- Magic Blue Smoke www.synopsysoc.org/magicbluesmoke
- Mannerisms www.electronicsweekly.com/mannerisms
- Michael Sanie michaelsanie.blogspot.com
- Multicore Programming Blog www.cilk.com/multicore-blog
- Nadav’s Tech Adventures nadavstechadventures.blogspot.com (see also C-to-Verilog )
- NextGenLog nextgenlog.blogspot.com
- Ninja ASIC Verification ninjaverification.wordpress.com
- Oh, One More Thing www.oh-onemorething.com
- On Cores www.us.design-reuse.com/blogs/oncores
- On Verification: a Software to Silicon Verification Blog www.synopsysoc.org/softwaretosiliconverification
- Pallab’s Place www.chipdesignmag.com/pallab
- PLD DesignLine www.pldesignline.com/blogs
- Practical Chip design www.edn.com/blog/1690000169.html
- Pradeep Chakraborty’s Blog pradeepchakraborty.blogspot.com
- Reconfigurable Computing fpgacomputing.blogspot.com
- Reconfigurable, Reconshmigurable reconshmigurable.wordpress.com (see also Impulse Accelerated Technology)
- The Sandbox www.edn.com/blog/450000245.html
- Scalable Atomicity atomicrules.blogspot.com
- SCDSource scdsource.com
- Screaming Circuits blog.screamingcircuits.com
- Shrinking Violenceblog.shrinkingviolence.com
- Signal Integrity Tips signal-integrity-tips.com
- SKMurphy www.skmurphy.com/blog
- Specman Verification www.specman-verification.com
- Sramana Mitra on Strategy sramanamitra.com
- Standards Game www.synopsysoc.org/thestandardsgame
- State of the Media www.commbasics.typepad.com
- System Verification Blog blog.freemodelfoundry.com
- Taken for Granted www.chipdesignmag.com/martins
- The Tao of ASICs asictao.blogspot.com
- Techdoer Times www.techdoertimes.com
- Tensilica News blog.tensilica.com
- Think Verification www.thinkverification.com
- To USB or Not to USB www.synopsysoc.org/tousbornottousb
- Travelling on the Silicon Road www.asic-vlsi.com/blog
- Trusster www.trusster.com
- Turning Into Jim www.chipdesignmag.com/lipman
- Verification Blog digitalverification.blogspot.com
- Verification Guild www.verificationguild.com
- Verification Martial Arts www.vmmcentral.org/vmartialarts/index.php
- Verification Vertigo www.chipdesignmag.com/bailey
- Verilab Blog www.verilab.com/blog
- View From the Top web.archive.org/web/20200119042850/http://www.synopsysoc.org/viewfromtop
- VLSI Home Page vlsihomepage.com
- The Wiretap www.deepchip.com/wiretap/all.htm
- Wizards of Microwave www.chipdesignmag.com/warwick
- The World is Analog he-world-is-analog.blogspot.com
- The Xuropean /www.xuropa.com/blog
What was surprising to me was how few companies had blogs, but I suspect that will change in EDA as it already has for Software as a Service and Internet/Web companies. If your blog is not on this list (or it’s on the list and you would like it taken off) please contact me. Bloggers and those interested in learning more about blogging are welcome at the DAC Blogging Birds of a Feather Wed June 11 6pm in Room 201B. Other posts about the event:
- Bloggers Flock to DAC Birds-of-a-Feather Session
- Birds of a Feather Blog Together
- EDA Bloggers Meet at DAC
- DAC Birds of a Feather Announcements Page
Update June 16: I continue to add to the list almost daily as overlooked bloggers E-mail me or leave comments. My plan is to keep this list updated here for at least another two or three months.
Update July 22: I added the Cadence blogging community to the list and blogged about “What Happens When 70 EDA Blogs Become 500 in 2011.”
Update Oct 13: We are planning another EDA Bloggers Birds of a Feather at ICCAD see “EDA Bloggers’ BoF at ICCAD 2008
Updated Feb-15-2009: changed to a numbered list, re-organized all of the “The …” blogs so that they were indexed by second word in title. Removed Metric Driven Verification since Blogger reports “Blog not found.” There are now more than 100 EDA related blogs.
18 thoughts on “Bloggers Covering Electronic Design Automation”
Good summary, Sean. Thanks for all your help organizing this!
Great list, Sean! But I could not help but notice one omission: ESNUG (http://www.deepchip.com/) It may not be hosted on a blogging engine (it was started many years before the term blog was invented), but it has all of the characteristics: Periodic and insightful posts by the author/owner, active contributions and discussion from readers, many pointers to and from other sites. Oh, and more readers than the rest combined. Should it not be on your list?
I do not think John Cooley would call himself a blogger, at least he has not historically.
His wiretap pieces (http://www.deepchip.com/wiretap/all.html) are close enough to a blog that they probably qualify, I have added it to the list. I was fooled when I was compiling the original list because his index shows his last wiretap piece being posted Aug-28-2007, but there are two pieces from list week (that point to some unique videos of presentations at DVCon) so clearly he is maintaining and updating it.
I did leave a several very valuable sites off the list that I had mentioned in and earlier post called EET Sheds EDA Expertise: Bad News For Startups (https://www.skmurphy.com/blog/2007/06/25/eet-sheds-eda-expertise-bad-news-for-eda-startups) mainly because they were not really blogs:
I probably overlooked several dozen more. Please let me know if you see others that should be added.
Great post and great comments. I will work at converting your list of sites into an OPML file so people can just subscribe to them all. Look for that to come out at the Bids-of-a-Feather session.
Technicalities aside, and personal feelings aside, John Cooley was the first to independently comment in any substantial way and also provide an avenue for designers to comment in the EDA industry. It pre-dated weblogs and used crude methods such as email, but the goal was the same as blogs of today. As much as I hate to admit it, to be fair, John was the first industry blogger. And this is coming from an ex-Synopsys person who sat in on corporate meetings trying to figure out how to diffuse a loose cannon called John Cooley who was running with scissors. (I hope he is not reading this.)
John: You\’re comment about (most) corporate blogs reading like white papers is dead on. In these cases, marketing still rules the roost or at least has veto power. But the emperor has no clothes. They still think they can dress up what they are offering and peddle it to ignorant customers. But the truth is best expressed in the Cluetrain Manifesto…There are no secrets. The networked market knows more than companies do about their own products. And whether the news is good or bad, they tell everyone.
The OPML file is a great idea.
Hi Sean. Actually, several major EDA companies are deep into their own blogging experiments. Problem is that many of these blogs read like white papers. Which is some of the other EDA firms have encouraged/allowed their gurus to blog on the few remaining publications that cover the EDA segment. At least, while EDA still exists as a separate segment of the larger semiconductor-electronics community.
Look forward to meeting you at the BoF. Cheers
Harry has a good point, but I\’m not sure about the marketing people ruling the roost. Most marketers in EDA come out of the engineering ranks and engineers are notorious for not wanting to share real information. What passes for information is primarily buzz words (today\’s mark for industry leading companies is 12,004 under Google news). Real marketers want to participate in the conversation but are not allowed to in most technology corporate settings. So corporate blogs end up sounding like white papers, rather than conversations.
Can’t thank you enough for putting together this very comprehensive list of industry bloggers – great job Sean!
Harry’s spot on regarding Cooley’s “proto-blog”. He used the only technology available at the time to create the best online half-duplex, pass-through filtered, informal “dialog” we had for years. He could do with an upgrade now though ;-)
An important reality is that as an industry we’re still low on the learning curve regarding the web as a media channel and open collaboration platform. The loosening of control is counter-culture to an industry rooted in Intellectual Property. However, I have faith that what we’re doing will highlight the benefits and improve the industry as a whole – on all fronts.
Really looking forward to the BoF meeting!
Hi Sean. Mentor Graphics has a blog:
IC Layout Verification and Optimization Blog
http://www.asic-world.com/ is also missing, thought it is not a blog, it is good to have it in the list as has lots of tutorials, examples.
Great list of EDA bloggers. I’ve met people at DAC who knew me only through my blog at Chip Design Magazine!
Cooley could reduce his manual blog workload by a factor of 100X by just using a blog tool instead of compiling email messages.
See you online.
Hi, many thanks for being so kind for including my blog in your list.
EDApages.com has recently launch and is aggregating all the EDA bloggers and all the industry news site into a single online resource that cover the EDA market. We are working on a bunch of new features that will help improve the users experience but feel free to email us any you might have as well to email@example.com
Let me know what you think.
Could you add my new blog Signal Integrity Tips to your list?
For Functional verification tutorials.
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