The EDA & MCAD/MCAE Almanac – Nominal Q2 2012

POSSIBLE SCENARIOS: The lower right hand corner shows that THRU 9 mo.  OF FY 2012, TOTAL ALTIUM SALES WERE 23.13% AHEAD OF 9 mo. of FY 2011. 

EVEN IF Q4 ends up AN AVERAGE 2012 QUARTER, SALES FOR 2012 WILL BE AT LEAST $55832 VS $50590, OR GROWTH IN SALES FOR THE YEAR OF 10.45%.

IF Q4 2012 SALES MATCH THE ABSOLUTE TOTAL OF Q4 2011, WHICH WAS 50590 – 33398 = $17192, THEN 2012 COULD TOTAL $58316 = 15.27% GROWTH YEAR OVER YEAR.

IF SOMEHOW ALTIUM WERE TO CLOSE $20,000 SALES IN Q4 2012, GROWTH FOR THE 2012 YEAR WOULD BE 61124/50590 = 20.82% GROWTH IN SALES FOR YOY 2012 VS 2011. (RFH 6-20-12).

NOTE: ACTUAL ALTIUM SALES FIGURES FOR 4th QUARTER to be eventually posted in the SEPTEMBER Almanac for NOMINAL Q2 2012) ACTUALLY REPORTED BY ALTIUM ON JULY 25, 2012 WERE $21.2 MILLION!


September 14, 2012

 

Finally, today’s COMMENTARY dated September 14, 2012 contains the next CHAPTER OF THE EDA & MCAD/MCAE INDUSTRY ALMANAC – NOMINAL Q2 2012.

Note: As THIS SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 issue is posted, current plans are for the total Q2 2012 Almanac ultimately to have four (4) separate chapters, each with its own initial publication date. As each new chapter is posted, the new chapter is published in full, and any previous chapters will be easily referred to by inclusion of the previous chapter’s URL. This will permit the full almanac to be conveniently presented when each chapter at last becomes available.

 

IN SUMMARY, the NOMINAL Q2 2012 ALMANAC WILL

HAVE FOUR CHAPTERS WHEN IT IS EVENTUALLY COMPLETED:

 

CHAPTER             TITLE                                       FORMAT         FIRST POSTING              

   ONE      A Profile of Forte Design Systems        COMMENTARY         Sept. 14, 2012       

  TWO      ALTIUM PIECE                                     BLOG                     July 27, 2012

THREE    MCAD/MCAE RESULTS Q2 2012          COMMENTARY         TBD

 FOUR    EDA RESULTS FOR Q2 2012                COMMENTARY         TBD

Note the order of chapter posting dates may not be chronological. Indeed, CHAPTER TWO appeared weeks prior to CHAPTER ONE.  


 
CHAPTER ONE


A Profile of Forte Design Systems       
 

Foreword

As this issue goes to press, we are now in the ninth month of the third consecutive year in which the Contributing Editor has posted Feature Articles, Industry Commentaries, Quarterly Almanacs and yes, even Blogs, in the EDACafe.com daily Electronics newsletters.

Appearing every few weeks during the current year-to-date, topics chosen have ranged from detailed financial reports on the quarterly performances of selected public software vendors in Electronics Design Automation (EDA) and Mechanical Computer Aid Design and Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering (MCAD/MCAE), to profiles on people, vendors and products from both private and public sources.

Along with separate quarterly reports on financial results within the context of the then-current worldwide and national economies, emerging trends have been identified and explained, such as certain visionary vendors beginning to offer software tools in multiple technical disciplines toward the goal of correctly simulating real-world multi-physical effects, as well as reporting on the steady march of start ups, acquisitions, conferences, stockholder challenges and the rise of electronics intellectual property in these two disciplines.

Prior to the broader range of articles and topics presented during the last 38 or so months, the writer and certain colleagues at Henke Associates contributed six years (2003-2009) of quarterly reports focused solely on the financial results of certain EDA, Electronics IP and MCAD/MCAE Vendors.

Since January 2012

Extra spice was added during the last nine months by frequently inviting guest experts to contribute articles that would often cover areas related to disciplines in which the Contributing Editor alone may not be as well versed. Such articles have included a piece on the blurred line between EDA and electronics test equipment; the ways that the Silicon Valley lures people and companies from multiple worldwide locations and backgrounds; and many other similar topics.

We have been particularly delighted with the efforts of one Nanette V. Collins as a contributor to articles of increasing value to our readers. Nanette often tackles article topics on esoteric technologies developed by extremely smart people, and as the year has unfolded, frequently introduces EDA technology, talented entrepreneurs and remarkable theoreticians that the Contributing Editor alone might otherwise not often encounter, yet all are critical to the advancement of smaller and smaller, more complex circuitry and electronics products. We look forward to Nanette’s continued contributions.

 

New Article

Contributed by Ms. Nanette V. Collins    

Edited by Dr. Russ Henke

Let’s start with a picture of a building that’s likely to appear familiar to a lot of readers – the front of the New York City Public Library.                                              

The New York Public Library

Did you know that the two marble lions prominently visible out front of the famous library are named Patience” and “Fortitude?” We shall see how these words might also describe many of the people of Forte Design Systems, and perhaps similarly named statues should be placed in front of Forte’s headquarters at 100 Century Center Court in San Jose, CA.

 

Forte Design Systems’ logo

 

The tale of this high-level synthesis company starts with the successful 2001 merger of two companies, CynApps and Chronology. Executives of the newly formed company wisely chose a descriptive name for the combined company, since “forte” means “well at” or “strength” though patience and fortitude, and the people of Forte have both in abundance.

Forte’s long-time vice president of marketing and sales Brett Cline said the following: “Forte’s been around for many years now and is the major driver of a whole new market segment. I consider us to be a definer of the high-level synthesis market. And, we’re good at it.”

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