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Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony Moves to DAC

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Although both CEDA and EDAC have tried to put a positive spin to this change, this is another sign of the significant transformation of the EDA industry. Moving the Phil Kaufman award to Sunday evening at DAC is like taking two aspirins and calling the doctor in the morning.

Since 1994 the Phil Kaufman award has been the most prestigious award in the EDA community outside of those recognitions presented by the IEEE. The award ceremony has been an opportunity for the industry to come together outside of the noisy and commercial confines of an industry conference and recognize the contributions of one of our peers.

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Synopsys and Mentor Report Operating Results

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Both Synopsys and Mentor reported their Operating Results within one week of each other. For Synopsys it was its second quarter results, while Mentor reported its first quarter results. Both companies had good quarters, although Synopsys, as it is to be expected, had better overall and relative results than Mentor.

Synopsys Is All Good News

There got to be an end: it is just not human! But I do not see any changes to Synopsys good news, quarter after quarter. It may be in the genes, it may be in the coffee, or it just may be in old fashioned good work. But first an outing then the numbers.

The Outing

I have had a relationship with Synopsys since 1990, never as an employee, but as an early user of Design Compiler, then as somewhat of a competitor, and finally as a professional observer. During all that time I have known Chi-Foon Chan who joined Synopsys in 1990 and until May 23rd was the President and COO of the company. I know relatively few people that knew that Chi-Foon even existed. He worked in the background, but worked very effectively. By comparison everyone knows who Greg Hinckley is at Mentor. I suppose that when one is in the same organization as Aart de Geus, it is not very difficult to stay in the background. But it takes a lot of stamina to do so and outperform expectations for a long time. Most people seek the lime lights, or at least their piece of sunshine. So Chi-Foon is out of the closet, and everyone now knows what I have experienced. Talk EDA with Aart or Chi-Foon and the result is the same.

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John Cooley Offers DAC Entertainment

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

John Cooley just published the first group of “edgy” questions submitted for his troublemaker panel at DAC. I must say the questions are almost all relevant, but very few will be answered. All the questions related to lawsuits, all the questions related to market share, all the questions related to top users of a specific product, all questions related to possible acquisitions, and all questions that ask why executives of a particular company are apparently stupid will of course not be answered. So, the collection of questions is a very well thought out vehicle to let users and competitors blow out steam, but certainly not to shed light on the industry. This will be another “EDAC CEO Panel” style event. It may make for good entertainment, John is always entertaining, but will yield very little knowledge.

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Can EDA Replicate Its 2011 Growth This Year?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Each quarter, the EDA Consortium publishes the Market Statistics Service (MSS) report containing detailed revenue data for the EDA industry. According to the latest information distributed by EDAC, overall fourth quarter 2011 EDA revenues increased 12.8% compared to the same period in 2010. Total revenue for Q4 was $1700.1 million. it is very interesting to me to note that the most authoritative research service covering EDA from the financial industry reports that revenues for the same period were $1.41 billion corresponding to an increase of 13% over the same period a year ago. There is clearly a discontinuity in the numbers.

EDAC can only use actual figures reported by its corporate members. Unfortunately for the consortium, Synopsys, a member, no longer shares its data with the organization and a few other large vendors of EDA tools are not members of EDAC. The result is that EDAC estimates the market contributions of important, non-reporting, companies and this can lead to inaccuracies. The error seems to be around 0.02% which is well within the acceptable error for forecasting purposes.

For the entire 2011 calendar year total EDA revenues were estimated to be $5.069 or 13.5% greater than 2010. The three largest companies (Cadence, Mentor, and Synopsys) account for approximately 75% of total revenue, while another half-a-dozen companies add another 13.6% to the total. Although 2012 appears to be a good year, growth will slow to a projected 7-8%.

Areas that will contribute significantly to the growth in revenue include: heterogeneous system designs, virtual prototyping, formal verification, emulation, power consumption analysis, and layout optimization.

The slowdown is due to two major factors: worldwide economy and a decrease in number of electronics companies using the very latest manufacturing process. (more…)

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