Sage CEO Coby Zelnik recently talked with us about how design rules need a formal methodology to account for all the permutations of each rule for today’s and the next generation’s chip designs.
What I found alarming was that he noted how design rules are being built today. An engineer writes the rule based on…well, based on…um…gut feel? The point is that the design rule creation process currently has no specification to govern the creation of the design rule.
While trying to make some sense of this point, it occurred to me that it’s a lot like building a house on no foundation…or building a house on top of quicksand.
Zelnik talks about the problem here.