Issue No. 02 - March/April (1985 vol. 2)
Donald Lacy , Western Digital Corporation
Lawrence Drenan , Hughes Aircraft Corporation
The VLSI CAD system built and supported by Western Digital Corporation since 1981 is composed primarily of vendor-suppliedtools; a number of in-house tools, mostly translators, have been developed to tie the system together. The main criteria forselecting tools are ease of use and performance; tool selection is supported by a committee that includes users as well asproviders. New tools are introduced through a close Partnership between the CAD Systems Department and the users. To supportthe system, a skilled staff of CAD software applications engineers is on hand, consulting with users, augmenting the documentation,interfacing with the vendors, installing new releases, preparing user interfaces and standard files, managing the hardwaresystem, and developing the soft-ware required to integrate the vendor tools. The disadvantages to using a vendor-orientedsystem are that (1) tools are too general purpose and may be poorly adapted to the company's environment and (2) new and possiblymore beneficial tools and techniques may not be available on the commercial market.
D. Lacy and L. Drenan, "Implementing And Managing a CAD System Based on Vendor-Supplied Tools," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 2, no. , pp. 82-87, 1985.