I started using internal EDA tools at Intel beginning in 1978 and have worked in the commercial EDA industry since 1986, so it was a delight to read a chapter about EDA in Nenni and McLellan's newest book: Fabless - The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry
. Starting in the 1970's the authors talk about EDA, Phase One
and how painfully manual the whole process of designing an Integrated Circuit was. I'll never forget working at Intel at the time and performing manual Design Rule Checks (DRC) on an IC layout, when I stopped to ask my manager, "Hey, what about using a software program to automate this tedious task?"