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EDAC road map to track supplier OS support

Posted: 19 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eda consortium? solaris? hp-ux? windows? x86 windows?

The EDA Consortium is publishing a road map on its Web site this week that recommends timelines by when vendors are to support various OSs. The map will help guide EDA vendors and help customers determine when tools will be available, said Wally Rhines, chief executive officer of Mentor Graphics Corp. and current chairman of the EDA Consortium(EDAC).

The EDAC web site will include information on the Solaris, HP-UX, Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) OSs and on the Sun Sparc 3, HP PA-RISC 2.0, X86 Windows, X86 Linux, Itanium 2 and AMD64 platforms. Also included are links to vendor information on product support.

"It's something everyone needs, it's relatively noncontroversial, and it helps our customers and helps us," Rhines said.

For each of the compute platforms and operating systems, the map offers a guideline for the start and end of EDA vendor support. For Itanium 2 64-bit Linux, for instance, the guideline says support for RHEL version 2.1 should have started in October 2002 and is expected to end in November 2004, when Red Hat stops supporting that OS. For the newer RHEL v3, the guideline calls for support to begin in April 2004 and last until May 2006.

For AMD64 Linux, an OS for which many EDA users have asked, the guideline for support to start is similarly April 2004.

Rhines noted that many EDA vendors will start support earlier than what's indicated on the map and perhaps continue it for longer. The guidelines typically follow general availability of an OS by six months.

Among EDAC member companies, Rhines said, "there's a commitment in spirit to try to support the minimal time period, if they're going to support an OS. But there's no commitment to necessarily support any given OS." EDA users should check a vendor's Web site to determine its support plans for specific products, he said.

The road map is restricted to operating systems broadly adopted by vendors, Rhines said. "If enough member companies say they're going to support it, the road map will pick it up," he said.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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