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Overheard: SPICE is multi-million dollar industry



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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circuitry
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spice1.gif Let me begin this talk with an explanation for those in the audience that think that SPICE is a cable TV channel that offers shows of women in various states of undress. The SPICE I am talking about is about twenty years older and certainly nowhere near as exciting.

Larry Nagel, The Life of Spice

Larry Nagel created SPICE.

When people ask me why SPICE became so widely used, or what did I do to make SPICE
so widely used, the honest answer is “I don’t know.” But I can speculate. The biggest
reason, directly attributable to Don Pederson, is that SPICE was developed at a public
university and was public domain from the beginning. Because it was developed primarily
as a teaching tool to provide students insight into integrated circuit performance,
SPICE was rapidly embraced by many engineering colleges throughout the world. When
students entered the integrated circuit industry they would write to Berkeley to obtain a
copy of SPICE to use on their job. And so the copies of SPICE proliferated and the usage
of SPICE grew. It’s a several hundred million dollar industry now, depending on how you count it.

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