Ultimately, it should lead to more efficient and cohesive progress as focus moves from searching for an under-represented nichewithin which to compete, to steady development of technology and applications.

Part 2: Architecting High Availability Systems

The Standard Co-Emulation Application Programming Interface (SCE-API) Consortium, set up at the Design Automation Conference last June but under wraps until now, is working with an API technology donated by Ikos Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). But some industry players, including emulation market-share leader Quickturn, see the effort as too clubby, and are lobbying for a formal standards body to take the idea to fruition.