EDA companies, Cadence, Mentor, a Siemens Business, Synopsys and semiconductor equipment industry association, SEMI, have joined forces to jointly develop the SEMI Server Certification protocol, to combat EDA software piracy.
The protocol will define how servers can be identified to ensure that it is authentic and not a cloned version that is using software licenses without permission. Software pirates use virtualisation to clone the machine identifier which manages the license and gain access to additional licenses without paying for them.
“Software piracy is a growing challenge and threatens to stifle innovation for EDA companies and customers alike,” said Nimish Modi, senior vice president of market and business development at Cadence, at the announcement of the collaborative development. Joe Sawicki, executive vice president IC EDA for Mentor, added that it raises the price of products and that this initiative will provide a level playing for all.