The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Tools Mentor Graphics rolled out a new version of its tool for transferring PCB designs into data for fabrication, assembly and test. The company also announced that its debug environment will support the UPF Low Power Successive Refinement Methodology. Deals Ansys and Cray are claiming the world's record for simulation by scaling 129,000 cores. That's about 4X the previous record.  Ansys... » read more

Changes At EDAC


Bob Smith, EDAC's new executive director, talks about what's ahead for the design automation industry, for the Design Automation Conference (DAC), and what needs to be change to keep the conference on the cutting edge. [youtube vid=6_k0dBNEWbA] » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


The EDA Consortium announced EDA industry revenue increased 7.5% for Q1 2015 to $1877 million, compared to $1746.1 million in Q1 2014. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 8.0%. Employment also increased, and according to Wally Rhines, "all categories showed revenue increases except CAE. Geographically, the Ameri... » read more

EDA Sales Strong Again


EDA and IP sales were robust again in Q1, up 7.5% to $1.877 billion compared with $1.746 billion in the same period in 2014, according to the EDA Consortium. On the upside, IP revenue rose 19.3% to $618.1 million; services revenue increased 6.8% to $104.4 million; and PCB and multi-chip module revenue increased 1.1% to $161.5 million. On the downside, CAE—the largest single category—... » read more

Week 47: The Yin And Yang of DAC


In one of my early blog posts I explained that DAC is owned by three non-profit societies: ACM, IEEE/CEDA and EDAC. While the executive committee right now is working on a successful 52nd DAC, planning for future events has already started. Future locations are usually booked years in advance as most of convention center and hotel contracts are signed at least 18 months out. The financial liabi... » read more

Problems Ahead For EDA


You may have discovered that the Semiconductor Engineering Knowledge Center (KC) provides various ways in which data can be viewed. One way is to see what events happened in a given year. During the 1990s, company activity in terms of new startups and acquisitions reached a peak, and in 1997 there were at least 29 startups that the KC contains and 25 companies acquired (let us know if there wer... » read more

Week 46: Don’t Be Late


Last year we moved DAC’s official opening session from Tuesday to Monday. The move makes perfect sense as there is much on the Monday schedule, including tutorials as well as the designer and IP track sessions. The opening session has always been special at DAC. It is the most popular general session as various awards are given out that day too. This is how it works: Throughout the year A... » read more

EDA Sets New Record


EDA revenue grew 11.9% in Q4 2014 to $2.1 billion, a new record for the industry, propelled by strong growth in both IP and physical design. On a sequential basis, that represented a 15.1% increase, while on a year-over-year basis it was 11.9%. The four-quarter moving average, which takes into account quarterly aberrations, showed a 7.3% increase. "The semiconductor industry had a strong ... » read more

EDA Up, Japan Continues To Slide


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 ... » read more

Week 23: ICCAD, The Kaufman Award And The DAC Exhibitor Meeting


It was another week of travel though this time I stayed on schedule – no missed flights! I was in San Jose for several days during which I briefly crossed paths with two EDA stars. Their work suggests that the present and future of our industry is in good shape. And I was there to host a meeting for those exhibiting at DAC, which, if you’ll excuse the pun, will be an even better place to sh... » read more

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