IBM Rolls Out Cloud Service for Designing Electronic Systems

Big Blue is looking to make its mark on the mobile device and wearables market. No, IBM isnEUt pushing out a smart watch or even a smartphone.

In partnership with SiCAD, a silicon design platform company, IBM just announced High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). IBM is billing EDA as the electronic industryEUs first enterprise-class, secure cloud service that provides on-demand access to electronic design tools.

Jai Iyer, founder and CEO of SiCAD, pointed to a clear market need. ThereEUs no denying the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, wearable devices and Internet of Things products or how that's driving the demand for semiconductor chips.

EUCompanies are under pressure to design electronic systems faster, better and cheaper,EU Jyer said. EUA time-based usage model on a need basis makes sense for this industry and will spur innovation in the industry while lowering capital and operations expenses.EU

Driving Tangible Improvements

At least thatEUs the goal of EDA. The prospects look promising. EDA is delivered on IBMEUs SoftLayer infrastructure. The cloud service supports a pay-as-you-go model and opens up patented tools that, until now, IBM Microelectronics exclusively licensed to electronic and semiconductor companies. EDA tools helped drive over 100 projects to market, including IBM mainframe and Power microprocessors, interconnects, application-specific integrated circuits and custom projects.

We asked Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, for his thoughts on the High Performance Services for EDA. He told us these tools and licenses are often complex and usually quite expensive. That has created barriers to adoption and effective usage, especially among startups as well as small and midsize developer organizations, he said.

EUBy offering, in partnership with SiCAD, access to its own well-tested EDA tools as a cloud-enabled, usage-based service, IBM is lowering the barriers for developing mobile and wearable solutions, and increasing their likelihood of success,EU King said. EUIn essence, the...

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