January 10, 2005
Future of Stock Options
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How smaller firms will react to this change in accounting standards remains to be seen.

Stock Market

Speaking of stocks, how well did the market do last year? From December 31, 2003 to December 31, 2004 the NASDAQ rose 9% to 2,175, S&P 500 rose 9% to 1,212 while the Dow Jones Index rose 3.1% to 10,783. The indexes declined sharply in the third quarter but surged after the election. They have lost a bit in the first few days of 2005. Among the factor impacting the market during 2004 were the election, Iraq war, increases in interest rates by the FED, rising oil prices, fall of the dollar (-7.6%) and problems (Vioxx and Celebrex) in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2003 the same three indexes rose 50%, 26% and 25% respectively.

Our analysis of the fiscal performance of EDA and IP companies will come after all the firms have released their results for the quarter just completed. On the stock market front the 9 EDA companies we track had a combined drop of 21% year-over-year and an average decline of 17%. The 7 IP companies we track faired better with a combined decline of 1.1% and an average increase of 7.5%

According to Venture One initial public offerings of 67 venture capital-funded U.S. companies raised $4.98 billion in 2004, more than tripling from the $1.41 billion raised in 22 deals during 2003.

During 2004, there were 376 mergers or acquisitions valued at $22.6 billion versus 335 companies merged or were acquired for a total amount of $12.9 billion in 2003.

Weekly Highlights

EDA Dataram's Memory Upgrade for HP c8000 Improves Synopsys EDA Run Time by 14X; 32GB Memory Configuration Cuts Run Time From Over Four Days To Approximately Seven Hours; a Ninety Percent Reduction

Nassda's Bing Sheu Appointed to the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE

Synopsys Chief Financial Officer to Speak at the Seventh Annual Needham Growth Conference on January 12, 2005

Nassda Corporation Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2005 Earnings Webcast

Silicon Canvas Releases Laker Version 3.1 with EDIF Support to Facilitate Schematic-Driven Full Custom Layout Flow

EDA Industry Reports Three Percent Decline In Q3

IP and SoC

Silicon Image Unveils Low-Cost HDMI Receiver for Mainstream DTVs

Texas Instruments Integrates New ANT Galio(TM) Software onto Digital Media Processor for Advanced Digital TV Applications

LSI Logic Raises Q4 Revenue Range

Athena Semiconductors and Samsung Electronics Jointly Develop World's First Three-Transceiver RF Device for MIMO in a Single Integrated Circuit for WLANs

DVD Player Semiconductor Revenue Expected to Plunge to $640 Million, While DVD Recorder Semiconductor Revenue Will Surge to $3 Billion in 2008

After Record 2004, Another Semiconductor Slump Forecasted by In-Stat for 2005

Rick Cassidy Named TSMC North America President; Dr. Edward C. Ross Appointed President Emeritus

Agere Systems Announces Industry's First Complete Storage Chip Set for Portable Consumer Electronics Disk Drives

LSI Logic Enables DivX(R) Encoding for DVD Recorders With DoMiNo(R) 8603 Single-Chip Processor

Ten Resolutions from Intel for a Mobile 2005

Global Semiconductor Sales Surpass $19 Billion in November; Chip Sales Grew by 1.3 Percent from October

MoSys Co-Founder and CEO Fu-Chieh Hsu Resigns

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