How little the world changes.  Back in the days of 68000-based workstations, we would open up a design and retreat to the break room for a coffee while it loaded.  Now, in the gigabyte / multicore era, we open up a design and retreat to the break room for a coffee.  Moore's law clichés aside, semiconductor design is sometimes reminiscent of lifting oneself by the bootlaces.  We produce faster and more powerful designs so we can... produce faster and more powerful designs! 
 
But the philosophy of the one laptop per child initiative (which spurred the current netbook trend) contrasts with the processor/software arms race.  It is a lightweight solution focused on solving a specific problem. 
 
To draw a parallel in the EDA world, consider our QuickView product.  This is a nimble layout and mask data viewer that quickly opens and pans/zooms around data files across multiple formats in the gigabyte-terabyte range.  It's not for general purpose layout editing, but it's great for when you just want to take a quick peek. 
Coffee, anyone?  Better make than an espresso...
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