Daisy Systems

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Daisy Systems Corporation
Type Public
Industry Computer software/hardware
Founded Mountain View, California (January 1981 (January 1981))
Founder(s) Aryeh Finegold
David Stamm
Headquarters Mountain View, California, United States

Daisy Systems Corporation incorporated in 1981 in Mountain View, California, was a computer-aided engineering, company, a pioneer in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry.

It was a manufacturer of computer hardware and software for EDA, including schematic capture, logic simulation, parameter extraction and other tools for printed circuit board design and semiconductor chip layout.

In mid-1980s, it had a subsidiary in Germany, Daisy Systems GmbH[1] and one in Israel.

The company merged with Cadnetix Corporation of Boulder, Colorado in 1988, with the resulting company then known officially as Daisy/Cadnetix, Inc. with the trade name DAZIX. It filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code[2] in 1990 and was acquired by Intergraph later that year. Intergraph incorporated DAZIX into its EDA business unit, which was later spun off as an independent subsidiary named VeriBest, Inc. VeriBest was ultimately acquired by Mentor Graphics in late 1999.

Daisy Systems was founded by Aryeh Finegold and David Stamm; its original investors were Fred Adler and Oak Investment Partners.

Daisy along with Valid Logic Systems and Mentor Graphics, collectively known as DMV, added front end design to the existing computer-aided design aspects of computer automation.

People[edit]

Many notable people in the EDA industry once worked for Daisy Systems, including Harvey Jones, who became the CEO of Synopsys, and Vinod Khosla, who later co-founded Sun Microsystems. Aryeh Finegold went on to co-found Mercury Interactive, and Dave Stamm and Don Smith went on to co-found Clarify. Tony Zingale became CEO of Clarify and then CEO of Mercury Interactive. Mike Schuh co-founded Intrinsa Corporation before joining Foundation Capital as General Partner. George T. Haber went on to work at Sun and later founded CompCore Multimedia, GigaPixel, Mobilygen and CrestaTech. Dave Millman and Rick Carlson founded EDAC, the industry organization for electronic design automation vendors.

Software[edit]

Daisy applications ran on the Daisy-DNIX operating system, a Unix-like operating system running on Intel 80286 and later processors.

In 1983 DABL (Daisy Behavioral Language) was developed at Daisy by Fred Chow. It was a hardware modelling language similar to VHDL. The use of DABL for simulation models of processor interconnection networks is described by Freytag, L.R. .[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Computerwoche, no. 5, 1986 (German)
  2. ^ "Company News; Daisy Systems". The New York Times. August 2, 1990. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "PARBASE-90, International Conference on Databases, Parallel Architectures and Their Applications". IEEE. March 1990. Retrieved July 25, 2012.