Olivier Coudert on October 30th, 2009

Last week I wrote a post discussing Xilinx and Altera Q3’09 results, and I mentioned Xilinx’ operation margin consistently trailing Altera’s by 3-4%. I had a few emails regarding that gap, and why that gap would be closed eventually. Let me address this topic with this post. Comparing the yearly fiscal exercises directly would be […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 20th, 2009

I was today in Sun Microsystems offices, which co-hosted the TechCrunch Munich event. Mike Butcher, editor TechCrunch Europe, was here to take about 150 attendants through a few presentations and 12 startup pitches. I promised I would write about what I liked, so here it goes. The breakroom had a tweeter wall with live reaction […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 19th, 2009

Functional verification is a major bottleneck in the chip design cycle. Any misstep in closing the functional correctness of a digital system costs millions of dollars in redesign, additional testing, and silicon respins. One can argue at length about its actual cost, but people in the industry usually agree that functional verification takes between 40 […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 18th, 2009

After the giant TechCrunch 50 last September in San Francisco, TechCrunch continues to host smaller events in several cities. Next in line is TechCrunch Munich, which will be held on Tuesday Oct. 20th at the Sun Microsystems offices in Munich. The gathering is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and techies to network, as well as […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 15th, 2009

This week Xilinx and Altera released their September results (Q2FY10 and Q3FY09 respectively). The bottom line is shown below (all numbers in $M). Source: Xilinx and Altera financial reports, and Yahoo! Finance Xilinx’ quarterly income of $64M (0.23$/share) beats Wall Street’s expectation of 0.19$/share. Altera’s quarterly income of $56.7M (0.19$/share) meets Wall Street’s expectation. Both […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 13th, 2009

CodeProject I wrote earlier about the good practices in designing APIs, which is so important when developing complex software. However one usually does not have the chance to start a product from scratch. This means that more often than ever, a software manager picks up an existing tool with an existing team. Making the tool […]

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Olivier Coudert on October 8th, 2009

CodeProjectI built up products from scratch several time in my professional life. Usually it starts with a very small engineering team –sometimes I was the very first member of the team. This is a great opportunity to lay strong foundations for the subsequent software development, because one is in charge of the whole process. But […]

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