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Advanced process technology gains momentum in China, Taiwan

Posted: 07 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Global Sources Ltd and Gartner Inc. announced today the results of their annual joint study, Design Trends & Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools: Mainland China & Taiwan, which indicates growing use of finer process technologies in the design of standard ICs and ASICs in mainland China and Taiwan.

The study presents findings from an online survey of 607 mainland China engineers and 321 Taiwan-based engineers. It identifies and compares trends in electronic design and in the use of EDA tools in mainland China and Taiwan. The research is the fourth such joint initiative by Global Sources' biweekly design publication, Electronic Engineering Times-Asia (EE Times-Asia) and Gartner, a leading market research firm.

EE Times-Asia publisher, Mark Saunderson, said, "This finding demonstrates the shift in focus among Taiwan engineers that we first saw in the 2003 Design Trends & EDA Tools: Mainland China & Taiwan survey. In 2002, most Taiwan respondents considered computers their primary application segment. This changed in last year's survey, where 34 percent cited consumer electronics as the segment where their designs are applied most."

A range of EDA tools

Surveyed designers rely on a number of EDA tools in their work. The most popular tools among mainland China respondents are those used for PCB layout (used by 66 percent of respondents); logic synthesis (39 percent); and timing analysis (37 percent). In Taiwan, the top tool category is also PCB layout, used by 49 percent of respondents, followed by analog simulation, 41 percent; and logic synthesis, 38 percent.

Nancy Wu, an analyst at Gartner Dataquest's design and engineering group, commented, "Our 2004 updated forecast indicates that the EDA software and software maintenance market will achieve revenues of $4.192 billion this year, an increase of 7.4 percent from $3.903 billion in 2003. The market will grow at a 12.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $7.025 billion in 2008. And Asia-Pacific will outpace other regions with a 17 percent CAGR through 2008."

The joint research also compared design-to-prototype lead times, gate counts, number of design iterations and other key parameters of electronics design.

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