The EDA & Electronics IP Almanac: Q3 2010

With these elements as its backdrop, Synopsys has made significant progress since the Virage Logic acquisition, including announcing several new 28-nm memory compilers, and releasing the first dual core ARC processor optimized for high-definition audio players (AS 221 BD). In addition, Synopsys introduced the DesignWare Sonic Focus® Stereo and Sonic Focus Stereo HD solutions, which are audio-post processing software IP products that enable SoC designers and OEMs to significantly enhance audio quality in low-power DSP applications and tethered consumer electronic devices.

Overall, Synopsys has introduced several new DesignWare IP products, such as a comprehensive MIPI IP portfolio consisting of CSI-2, D-PHY, DigRF v3 and DigRF 4, DSI and M-PHY protocols, HDMI 1.4 TX and RX solutions, the DDR multiPHY, which supports six standards in a single PHY and its complementary Universal DDR Controllers.

Synopsys was also awarded TSMC's “Interface IP Partner of Year”, which is a testament to Synopsys' investment in customer support and delivering over 150 high-quality IP products supporting the TSMC processes (see Figure 2).

These are just a few examples of how Synopsys continues to innovate with new products and technology that help designers incorporate key functionality into their designs and deliver compelling products to the market.

Figure 2: John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the Solutions Group at Synopsys,
accepts TSMC's “Interface IP Partner of the Year” award on behalf of Synopsys,
at TSMC's OIP Partner Forum on October 5, 2010.

In addition to the acquisition of Virage Logic and the expansion of its DesignWare IP portfolio, Synopsys has invested heavily in growing its systems business with the acquisitions of VaST, CoWare, and Synfora this past year. With the combination of IP and System level solutions, Synopsys is well positioned to provide the design community with the necessary elements that help designers accelerate their hardware (HW) and software (SW) throughout the IP, semiconductor and system design chain.

Designers can find all of the following elements from a single trusted IP provider - Synopsys:
  • High quality, most commonly-used semiconductor IP solutions
  • Tools and models to develop and reuse differentiated functional blocks at the system level
  • Tools and models to develop the best SoC architecture
  • Virtual and FPGA-based prototyping solutions to accelerate software development, HW/SW integration, and system validation

Many thanks to Synopsys' Meaghan Le & Heather Webb for the above vignette to celebrate the EDA WEEKLY ONE YEAR LATER program.


Among the ten additional EDA WEEKLY postings during that first year, six featured five more EDA-related companies, two of the five subsequently-covered companies which are privately-held and three publicly-traded.

The remaining four of the ten additional freshman year postings were editorial commentaries on the economy & semiconductors, the economy and the EDA Industry, the State of IP (Intellectual Property), and “Whither EDA?”

The Sophomore Year

The second year of EDA WEEKLY articles by this writer began on November 15. 2010 with “Lynguent Part I,” followed on December 13, 2010 by “Lynguent Part II.”

To access any of the aforementioned articles, go to:

The New Year Greetings stated above

So much for the Happy New Year euphoria that characterized the opening paragraphs of this edition of the EDA WEEKLY. In an augenblick, the January 8th tragedy in Tucson Arizona reminded all of us how fragile and over-pressurized the political situation between right and left has become in the USA.

It's not surprising that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman may have published the most succinct description on January 9, 2011:

Dr. Krugman

And to express the feelings of the whole country, President Barack Obama went to Arizona on January 12 to do what he does best, using his rare abilities to unite and bind up wounds, bringing right and left together in a moving speech for the Memorial Service for the Victims of the January Shooting in Tucson, Arizona. While the words are reproduced here in Footnote [1], readers may wish to view video replays widely available from multiple news sources.

President Obama

Back to late 2010 we have been and must go again

Before we dive into the new details below about the Q3 2010 results delivered by the G5 Electronics Intellectual Property (IP) Vendors, we will first review key topics concerning both the 'Total EDA Market' and the 'Semiconductor Market.'

The “Total” EDA Market

On January 5, 2011 The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced its quarterly report for Q3 2010 regarding data gleaned from its membership and beyond. The EDAC MSS estimates that the “total” overall Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue for Q3 2010 was $1307.0 million, an 11.9% increase compared to a YOY “total” of $1167.9 million in Q3 2009. Sequential EDA “total” revenue for Q3 2010 increased 6.9% over Q2 2010.

(By comparison, the data from Table 1 showed $896 million in revenue for just the covered subset Group of 5 (G5) EDA vendors for nominal Q3 2010, with a YOY increase of 14% and sequential increase of 12%).

The EDAC numbers for the “total” EDA industry also showed that the four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters through Q3 2010 to the prior four quarters, increased by only 4.9%.

"Overall third quarter 2010 results represent a significant increase compared to Q3 2009, with double digit increases in CAE, IC Physical Design & Verification, and SIP," said Dr. Walden Rhines, EDAC chair and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "Geographically, the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia/Pacific regions all had double digit increases relative to Q3 2009. The Americas, Japan, and the Asia/Pacific region also increased sequentially."

Companies that were tracked by EDAC employed 26,474 professionals in Q3 2010, an increase of 1.9% compared to Q2 2010, and up 2.1% from the 25,942 employed in Q3 2009.

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