And I must cite Gianfagna's honor as a leader for laying himself off during these bad times -- a lot of CEOs would cut anyone but themselves in a time of corporate crisis.
Yes, DFM got a LOT of hype at the recent DAC, but the reality is that means we're in the Death Watch for the bulk of these DFM start-ups. It's exactly like watching the Titanic sinking.
The big four EDA firms - Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor and Magma - are likely to end up with one technology each, leaving it would seem, space for just a couple of independents.
In ESNUG 453 we listed 27 companies as passengers doing DFM, 21 of which were start-ups. That's waaaaaay too many companies to keep afloat in this niche; now it's just a question of how are they going to die. I see 5 to 7 lifeboats when the fog clears.