Peggy Aycinena (EDA Confidential) interviewed CAST's president Hal Barbour for EDA Cafe. Some highlights from Hal's answers:
On IP product info:
"Engineers today can easily see press releases directly, plus they have at their disposal a powerful set of search tools to help them get the information they need, so whatever information you’re putting out there, it better be right and it better be credible. If it’s not, engineers have got plenty of other sources to turn to."
"Mostly, we charge an up-front fee for use, a project-based license. When a customer licenses a core, it’s for use in a specific chip. They are then allowed to produce as many chips as they want that include that core. But if a customer is going to do multiple chips with that core, then we develop a different license for each special case. Sometimes it’s multi-use, sometimes subscription, and sometimes it’s a yearly fee."
On the continuing market for 8-bit processors:
"That’s the beauty of the 8051. It’s well known and comes with a host of established development software tools. At this point, there are probably 200-to-300 chips out there that have been fabbed using our 8051."
On company growth:
"Bear in mind, we have taken no outside investment or debt at CAST. The owners are all employees. Our first products were simulation libraries, which then morphed into IP cores – before the industry knew that term ..."
Read the full interview with Hal at EDA Cafe.