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Is cheap EDA tool an oxymoron?

Business schools teach us that the way to set the price on a product has nothing to do with the cost. You sell it at a price that the market can afford.

Semiconductor industry was able to afford heavy price tags on EDA tools. However, with the current economic outlook everyone is feeling the pinch. This has left the EDA tool providers with a dilemma of how to re-price the software.

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