Issue No. 01 - January/February (1986 vol. 3)
C. Rogers , Microelectronics Center of North Carolina
VIVID, the vertically integrated VLSI design system developed at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, was firstreleased in January 1985. Since that time feedback from wide industrial and academic exposure has been positive, confirmingthe need for symbolic design tools and providing research and development insignts?illuminating insights that should alsobe of interest to the CAD community. Coining a line from Robert Burns poem ?To a Mouse,? the best-laid plans of mice and softwaredesigners are not always implemented. When examining the data, assumptions, and analyses that motivated VIVID, one discoversplanned (but discarded) developments; however, an inclusive overvoew is needed to properly evaluate those data, assumptions,and analyses. Knowing clearly why something was done and how it fits into the overall picture can help us to frame futuredecisions and shape future designs.
C. Rogers, "The VIVID Symbolic Design System: Current Overview And Future Directions," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 3, no. , pp. 75-81, 1986.