Cadence is in the vanguard of a movement to a higher level of productivity via the abstraction and automation provided by Transaction Level Modeling (TLM). The industry is motivated to adopt this new methodology by its promise of achieving profitable results through project predictability and system team productivity.Without such a methodology shift projects and companies are failing at increasing rates. The question many people ask is when will they move to this new approach?
As we work with our growing number of customers and projects we see some parallels to the previous methodology shift from gates to RTL. There were several transition points, or enabling events, that drove more and more of the industry to use RTL as the defacto methodology and golden source for their designs. I've begun documenting a similar set of events that will signal and enable the mass movement of segments of customers to TLM. I'm sure things will develop differently for TLM than RTL - they are simply different enough that this is guaranteed. There might be some insights to draw from the RTL market. So let's look back in time first.
Several enabling technologies and industry developments drove RTL adoption and helped the solution cope with the exploding verification challenges. Here is a list in general chronological order:
Phase 3 - Mainstream deployment and adoption
Looks extremly fascinating.