Where Electronics Begins, And So Much More

When the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) first coined the phrase “Where Electronics Begins” 20 years ago, little did we know how true it is, especially today as we move further into the system-centric era. In those days, EDA tools and methodologies were must-haves for chip designers. The system was only a minor consideration for the EDA community as was the semiconductor supp... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Numbers EDA industry revenue increased 10.5% in Q1 2017 to $2.168 billion, the highest Q1 growth level since 2011, according to EDAC. The four quarters moving average increased by 10.6%. CAE, the biggest category, grew 14%, while IP—primarily macro cells and memory—grew 15%. The Americas and Asia-Pacific both reported double digit growth. The industry is hiring, too: tracked companies incr... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Tools Synopsys unveiled a new custom design solution targeting FinFET layout, introducing visually-assisted routing automation, a built-in design rule checking engine, templates to apply previous layout decisions to new designs, and IC Compiler integration. TSMC certified the new tool for 10nm and 7nm FinFET process technologies. It has also been adopted by STMicroelectronics, GSI Technology... » read more

EDAC Changes Name

The EDA Consortium today changed its name to the Electronic System Design Alliance, a move that expands the group's charter to reflect shifts that have been underway in the chip design world for some time. Those shifts include the growth in IP and an increased focus on software development. Classic EDA, from place and route to synthesis to back-end debug and verification, are still very much... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Numbers EDA sales dropped 1.9% in Q4 of 2015, following a spectacular run of 23 consecutive quarters of solid growth, according to EDAC. For the year, the EDA and IP industry posted 5% growth. At the same time, IP revenue grew 9.2% to $702.2 million, making it the first time ever that IP surpassed CAE revenue. Services revenue also grew 5.4% year over year to 107.1 million. A new report f... » read more

Everything You Wanted to Know About Formal, But Were Too Afraid to Ask

Formal Verification is one of those EDA technologies that's been used in mainstream development in one or two applications for many years. The true power of the approach only now has started to capture the attention of engineers. Although there are a few reasons for this, perhaps the most significant is formal’s ill-gotten reputation as a mysterious beast too difficult to tame. After worki... » read more

China’s Impact On The Semiconductor Market

China’s impact on the semiconductor market is unmistakable. The question so many industry watchers wonder: Is it the new center of the semiconductor universe? Some statistics may help determine the answer. China topped the list of five worldwide exporters in 2014, with the European Union coming in second. The U.S. finished third, followed by Germany and, in fifth place, Japan. (See Fig. 1... » read more

Predictions For 2016: Tools and Flows

Seventeen companies sent in their predictions for this year with some of them sending predictions from several people. This is in addition to the CEO predictions that were recently published. That is a fine crop of views for the coming year, especially since they know that they will be held accountable for their views and this year, just like the last, they will have to answer for them. We beli... » read more

EDA, IP Numbers Strong

EDA and IP sales were 7.1% in Q3 across all major segments and all geographical regions, increasing to $1.957 billion compared with $1.828 billion in the same period in 2014, according to just-released numbers from the EDA Consortium. The four-quarter moving average was up 8.8%. "This was an excellent quarter for EDA," said Wally Rhines, board sponsor for the EDA Consortium's Market Statisti... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

EDA industry revenue increased 8.5% for Q2 2015 to $1906.5 million, according to the latest report from the EDA Consortium. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, also increased by 8.5%. IP showed continued strength, with revenue totalling $611.7 million in Q2 2015, a 15% increase compared to Q2 2014; the four-quarters moving a... » read more

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