While any investment in EDA tools, training and infrastructure should undergo a rigorous cost/benefit analysis to get that bang for the buck, performance is most often at the top of list of desired attributes. Yes, performance is important. But at what price?

It is perhaps as important to explore what notion of performance really matters, especially when in the context of physical verification processes. Armed with an understanding of the whole cycle of performance, design firms can determine how best to spend their money to ensure physical verification performance that preserves stability, reduces iteration times and makes debug processes more efficient. The solution of choice must also manage the design data efficiently and according to industry-accepted open standards, and-importantly-adhere to the gold standards that rule foundry practices.

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