The objective of this project is to spearhead the development and use of EDA standards within Europe.
The emergence of EDA Standards is enhancing the traditional relationships between EDA developers, EDA vendors and EDA users.
EDA standards will allow the user more flexibility and freedom in the choice of EDA development environments, and allow better reusability of design parts. They will enable EDA developers to concentrate on the value-added, application-oriented aspects of their projects. Finally, EDA standards will permit EDA vendors more easily to integrate competitive EDA solutions for their respective markets. This provides an opportunity for SMEs to establish themselves as niche players by providing effective design exchange interfaces through internationally recognised standards, eg VHDL, CFI and EDIF.
The ESIP project will therefore continue to focus on five major goals, designed to bring Europe to the leading edge in the development and exploitation of EDA standards. Of there goals, three are to be achieved through the incorporation of ECSI (supported through ESIP during its early stages). Two are to be achieved through the Technical Centres and Pilot Projects.
1. Be THE main leading and coordination body for the involvement of Europe in EDA standards: to be effective, European participation in world-wide EDA standardisation bodies need to be synchronised. To this end, ECSI should become recognised as Europe's voice in all major EDA standardisation committees. ECSI will set up formal relationships with recognised EDA standardisation bodies world-wide, eg VHDL International, CAD Framework Initiative (CFI), Electronic Industries Association (EIA), Design Automation Standardisation Committee (DASC/IEEE), ISO, IEC.
2. Be THE European communication platform in EDA standards: it is essential that EDA developers, EDA vendors and EDA users should be able to communicate efficiently and effectively. In Europe, ECSI should play the leading role in informing EDA end users and EDA developers, in all major Microelectronic ESPRIT projects, as well as industry managers, about EDA standards issues. Using newsletters and electronic repositories and the expertise available at the Technical Centres, ECSI will promote the flow of information throughout the European EDA community.
3. Be THE European Competence Centre in EDA standards: the experience acquired in EAD standards in the previous phases of the project should be extended in some areas, especially where distinct advantages can be gained. For example, some Pilot Projects are to be set up with the specific goal of accelerating the development of certain standards, exploiting the experience gained to date and providing consortium members with unique opportunities. New participants will broaden the influence of this work and the expertise available for it.
4. Be a service supplier for the profitable use of EDA Standards by the relevant user community(ies): as well as needing a provider of up-to-date and informed information on EDA standards, end users want to see very concrete services installed which enable them to benefit more rapidly from their use of EDA standards. This is being done in ESIP by providing a firm foundation in the form of the Technical Centre services. The wider audience and broader set of members provided by ECSI will help provide a well defined market for exploitation of these centres of expertise.
5. Influence the European strategy for the industrial exploitation of EDA Standards: the community of users is far larger than the one represented by the Consortium and this wider community will be available to the project via ECSI membership. The project will support Pilot Projects which will accelerate this exploitation by providing a supportive framework for early adopters and active developers of the standards.
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