Math Still Matters in Electronic Design
by Tom Lee
"Today's engineer does much more than enter models and run simulations. In fact, analysis performed at Maplesoft indicates that engineers spend 15% to 25% of their time working directly with automated design systems. Furthermore, studies have shown that up to 85% of all product development costs are determined by decisions made at the design stage. So if the design stage determines 85% of all costs but automated design software supports only 15% to 25% of design time, what kind of tools are being used in the vast majority of the design time?"
"The one common framework that connects all of these complementary tasks in automated design is math. Models, formulas, data, graphs, assumptions, constraints—all are forms of math. This perspective is the foundation of the newest generation of general-purpose interactive math systems. These powerful systems offer a range of math solvers and exploratory and knowledge tools to express, manipulate, and manage the core mathematical information accurately and naturally."
Excerpt from "Math Still Matters in Electronic Design", Electronic Design, May 2005. Click here for the full article.