EDA Up, Japan Continues To Slide

Strong growth in PCB driven by automotive market; China, Asia continue to be strong markets for tools.

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EDA numbers grew 5.7% in the third quarter, propelled by demand for PCB tools in the booming automotive market and IP sales around the globe, according to the latest statistics from the EDA Consortium.

The classic EDA tools business was down slightly for the quarter, but PCB tools jumped 9.7%.

“There are new capabilities for packaging and wiring for automotive,” said Wally Rhines, board sponsor for the EDAC MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. “We’re also seeing very strong growth in China.”

Fig. 1: Third Quarter Revenue By Segment & Geographic Region (in millions)
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Source: EDAC

China, Taiwan, and the rest of Asia accounted for about $500 million in Q3, up 11.3% compared with the same period in 2013. In contrast, Japan dropped 15.3% to just $189.5 million. While the electronics industry in Japan is showing some signs of life lately, tools sales inside that country have been slumping since well before the 2008 downturn.

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Fig. 2: Q3 Revenue By Segment. Source: EDAC

At one point, Japan used to account for 20% to 25% of all EDA sales, noted Rhines. It now accounts for about half that amount.

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Fig. 3: Global Breakdown For Quarter. Source: EDAC