Commentary: Electronics IP Industry - A February 2006 Update

Comments on the IP business of Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys:

The Top 3 EDA Vendors in overall annual revenue are also important players in the IP providers' niche. The difficulty in comparing the Top 3 EDA Vendors' IP business to one another is caused by the differences in how each company arbitrarily chooses to define the revenue components of its respective IP businesses. Further, none of the TOP 3 EDA Vendors unbundles profitability of its respective IP-related business lines, precluding IP earnings' comparisons.





EDA Consortium's Market Statistics

On December 20, 2005 , the EDA Consortium's Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that EDA industry revenue for Q3 of 2005 was $1,122 versus $1,062 million in the third quarter of 2004, an increase of 5.5%.

During Q3 2005, CAE accounted for 42% of the total revenue, IC Design and Verification for 27%, PCB and MCM for 7%, Semiconductor IP for 18% and Services for 6%.



During Q3 of 2005, North America accounted for 47% of total revenue, Europe for 19%, Japan for 22% and ROW for 11%.



Walden C. Rhines, chairman of the EDA Consortium and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics Corporation, said, "Total EDA license and maintenance grew a solid 6% in the third quarter to $851 million. The industry strength was broad-based, with all regions up, as well as nearly all product segments."

The EDA Consortium is the international association of companies that provide tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products. EDA is the critical technology used to design electronics for the communications, computer, space technology, medical and industrial equipment and consumer electronics markets among others.



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About the Authors:

Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies for Henke Associates now numbers more than three dozen. During his corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on "both sides" of MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He's a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron, SDRC, Schlumberger Applicon, Gould Electronics, ATP, and Mentor Graphics. Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. He is also a member of the IEEE and a Fellow of ASME International. An affiliate of the HENKE ASSOCIATES team since 2001, LA-based Dr. John R. (Jack) Horgan co-authored this article. Jack's career has included executive positions at Applicon, Aries Technology, CADAM and MICROCADAM, as well as a stint at IBM. Since May 2003 the authors have now published a total of thirty seven (37) independent articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems' MCADcafe and EDAcafe. Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL's for past Commentaries, are available at http://www.henkeassociates.net.



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