Re: [SI-LIST] : Some Semiconductors are Unnecessarily Fast

Roy Leventhal (Roy_Leventhal@mw.3com.com)
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 10:15:39 -0500

Joe,

Somebody else will always benefit from a first developer's effort that advances
the state of the art. It's the nature of the game. I, personally, have never
seen long term big winners among companies that have tried to control the
technology. The winners seem to be nimble, fast adapters of the best that is out
there.

I wouldn't give away my secrets., they'll leak away soon enough. By then, I
wan't to be on to the next innovation. Not possible if I'm fixing dumb problems.

Best Regards,

Roy

jjcahill@us.ibm.com on 07/12/99 10:42:13 PM

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Subject: Re: [SI-LIST] : Some Semiconductors are Unnecessarily Fast

As both a signal integrity engineer and a driver designer I can say that the
problem Roy speaks of can be solved technically rather easily. However it
involves a business tradeoff. Specify something 'odd' to your semiconductor
partner, pay NRE to achieve your ideal edge rates, pay a higher parts cost for
your 'special' part and then have your vendor sell your design to your
competitors OR invest in comparitively cheaper SI tools and engineers. I think
SI engineers will be gainfully employed for quite some time.

Joe

CEC Analysis and I/O Design
Phone: 507.253.0762 Fax: 507.253.4966
jjcahill@us.ibm.com

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