The EDA & Electronics IP Almanac: Q3 2010

February 07, 2011

The EDA & Electronics IP Almanac: Q3 2010

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by Russ Henke – Contributing Editor
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For the convenience of our readers, the following single article is a combination of the two separate parts A & B of the January 2011 EDA WEEKLY. Schedule A first appeared on January 10, 2011 and Schedule B on January 17, 2011.

Once both parts (Schedules A & B) of the inaugural 2011 issue of the EDA WEEKLY were posted, we had fulfilled our promise to continue the unbroken record of faithfully covering the EDA and the Electronics IP market segments for every quarter since the 2003 advent of the respective Quarterly Commentaries.

With the publication of nominal Q3 2010 results in Schedules A and B, content-continuity with previously-posted EDA and IP financial performance data had been fully preserved, as follows:

(a) The last stand-alone Electronics IP Industry Commentary for August 2010 covered the G5 IP vendor revenue & earnings results, etc., for Q2 2010.

(b) The last stand-alone EDA Industry Commentary for July 2010 covered the G5 EDA vendor revenue & earnings for nominal Q1 2010.

(c) Subsequently, the G5 EDA vendor revenue & earnings for nominal Q2 2010 were contained in the EDA WEEKLY issue of September 13, 2010, entitled, "Whither EDA?"

All previous EDA & IP Commentaries and EDA WEEKLIES, including those referred to above, are available to readers in the online archives of

Each quarter hereafter, the G5 EDA and G5 Electronics IP vendor results will appear in the EDA WEEKLY collection.

By the way, the writer's Quarterly MCAD/MCAE Commentaries are unaffected by this change and will continue to emerge every three months on IBSystems' The latest one for 2010 appeared on November 28, 2010 and covered the nominal Q3 2010 results of the remaining Group-of-Five (G5) MCAD vendors:
The subsequent Quarterly MCAE/MCAD Commentary appears in February 2011 in to cover the nominal Q4 2010 results of the G5 MCAD vendors. Go to

We now Continue with the Combined Article

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone!

Despite the tragedies of 2010 (Haitian Earthquake, Deepwater Horizon explosion & BP Gulf Oil Spill, ongoing high unemployment, weakening of U.S. national Democratic influence on November 2, and other disturbing events too numerous to mention), around these parts we enter the new year buoyed by “Obama's Comeback” in the last month of 2010: Unemployment compensation! Gay rights! Food safety! Judicial appointments! Arms control! Health care for 9/11 responders!), and of equal importance to our local long-term euphoria: the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS !!

Back to late 2010 we go

For measuring the financial performances of the key vendors in the world of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and Electronics Intellectual Property (IP), we must return to late 2010, as the nominal Q3 2010 results for each of the 10 selected vendors emerged between October 21, 2010 (Rambus) and December 2, 2010 (Magma).

In each of the quarterly EDA Industry Commentaries published in since May 2003 by Henke Associates, the then-current yearly and quarterly financial performances of a selected group of publicly traded Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies were analyzed and compared. Expectations regarding the future financial performances of these same EDA entities were documented as well. The originally selected companies were Altium, Ansoft, Cadence, Magma, Mentor Graphics, Nassda, Synopsys, Synplicity and Verisity.

As part of continuing EDA industry consolidation, two previously-selected EDA vendors, namely Verisity and Nassda, were acquired by EDA vendors Cadence and Synopsys, respectively, and hence were dropped from the quarterly EDA Commentaries. More recently, EDA vendor Synplicity was acquired by Synopsys, and EDA vendor Ansoft was acquired by MCAE vendor ANSYS. Consequently, both Synplicity and Ansoft no longer independently appeared in the EDA Industry reports.

Here are featured the nominal Q3 2010 performances of the remaining members of the group of five (G5) EDA vendors:

Also, in each of the previous quarterly issues of the Electronics IP Industry Commentaries, Henke Associates examined the then-recent financial histories and future outlooks of the remarkable phenomenon of Electronics Intellectual Property (IP) providers, a niche that had emerged in its own right by 2003 to claim a substantial amount of revenue in the world of Electronics Design Automation.

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