EDA WEEKLY: The EDA and the Electronics IP Almanac: Q3 2010 – Schedule B

                                                                                           January 17, 2011

The EDA and the Electronics IP Almanac:
Q3 2010 - Schedule B
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HELLO AGAIN, LOYAL READERS !! You have successfully navigated to the second part of the January 2011 EDA WEEKLY called “Schedule B”, which carries the full title of:

The EDA and the Electronics IP Almanac:
Q3 2010 - Schedule B

As the title above implies, this current “Schedule B” EDA WEEKLY entry is intended to follow closely on the heels of the first EDA WEEKLY posted January 10, 2011, which was entitled:

The EDA and the Electronics IP Almanac:
Q3 2010 - Schedule A

The contents below are best understood if you have already read Schedule A. You will find Schedule A elsewhere on the front page of EDACafe.com until February 7, 2011, or simply click on this URL:


The New Year Greetings of Schedule A

So much for the Happy New Year euphoria that characterized the opening paragraphs of Schedule A of this two-part edition of the EDA WEEKLY. In the augenblick between press time and the January 10, 2011 public posting time for Schedule A, the January 8th tragedy in Tucson Arizona reminded all of us how fragile and over-pressurized the political situation between right and left has become in the USA.

It's not surprising that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman may have published the most succinct description on January 9, 2011:


Dr. Krugman

And to express the feelings of the whole country, President Barack Obama went to Arizona on January 12 to do what he does best, using his rare abilities to unite and bind up wounds, bringing right and left together in a moving speech for the Memorial Service for the Victims of the January Shooting in Tucson, Arizona. While the words are reproduced here in Footnote [1], readers may wish to view video replays widely available from multiple news sources.

President Obama

Back to late 2010 we have been and must go again

To complete the bifurcated January 2011 edition of the EDA WEEKLY (a.k.a. “Poor Russell's Almanack”), collectively aimed at measuring the financial performances of ten (10) key vendors in the worlds of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Electronics Intellectual Property (IP), we must again return in Schedule B to late 2010 (where Schedule A previously took us to discuss the nominal Q3 2010 results for each of the selected G5 EDA Vendors).

But before we dive into the new details herein about the Q3 2010 results delivered by the G5 Electronics Intellectual Property (IP) Vendors, we will first review key topics concerning both the 'Total EDA Market' and the 'Semiconductor Market.' Both items were unavailable at press time for Schedule A.

The “Total” EDA Market

On January 5, 2011 The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced its quarterly report for Q3 2010 regarding data gleaned from its membership and beyond. The EDAC MSS estimates that the “total” overall Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q3 2010 was $1307.0 million, an 11.9% increase compared to a YOY “total” of $1167.9 million in Q3 2009. Sequential EDA “total” revenue for Q3 2010 increased 6.9% over Q2 2010.

(By comparison, the data from Table 1 in the EDA WEEKLY Schedule A article of January 10, 2011, showed $896 million in revenue for just the covered subset Group of 5 (G5) EDA vendors for nominal Q3 2010, with a YOY increase of 14% and sequential increase of 12%).

The EDAC numbers for the “total” EDA industry also showed that the four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters through Q3 2010 to the prior four quarters, increased by only 4.9%.

"Overall third quarter 2010 results represent a significant increase compared to Q3 2009, with double digit increases in CAE, IC Physical Design & Verification, and SIP," said Dr. Walden Rhines, EDAC chair and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "Geographically, the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific regions all had double digit increases relative to Q3 2009. The Americas, Japan, and the Asia/Pacific region also increased sequentially."

Companies that were tracked by EDAC employed 26,474 professionals in Q3 2010, an increase of 1.9% compared to Q2 2010, and up 2.1% from the 25,942 employed in Q3 2009.

The complete MSS report, containing detailed revenue information broken out by both categories and geographic regions, is of course available via subscription from the EDA Consortium.

EDA “Industry Revenue” Graph, Courtesy of EDA Consortium MSS

EDAC MSS Revenue by Product Category

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), EDA's largest category, generated revenue of $512.8 million in Q3 2010. This represents a 13.9% increase over the same period in 2009. The four-quarters moving average for CAE increased 4.5%.

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