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India, China spawn new design methodologies

Posted: 19 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Bright young engineers in Asia will help set the pace for new design methodologies, and EDA providers need to pay attention, according to Wally Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics Corp.

"New methodologies are likely to come from Asia, especially from India and China, where the young and ambitious designers who are trying new methods tend to be," Rhines said. "The thought leaders of design are in these countries, and companies such as ours need to be there for the corporation to grow."

According to the Mentor CEO, changes in design will be increasingly led by less experienced but more ambitious engineers in Asia, rather than in the United States or Europe where the engineers are sticking to the old ways. He also said that small companies are the primary source of innovation in design methodologies and design tools, and that while EDA firms with revenues of between $40 and $150 million are showing very good growth rates, the large EDA vendors are merely getting along.

Still, Rhines said, this year has been good for the industry, with customers buying more design softwareeven though semiconductor companies are cautious about spending. "Much of this year's growth has been methodology growth, causing change and promoting the next era of growth in design automation," he said.

The role of acquisitions in the EDA industry is likely to change, Rhines said, with the market capitalization of EDA firms in the last few years showing absolutely no correlation to the amount spent on acquisitions. "It seems that there will be no impact on market capitalization if all EDA companies are acquired or if none are acquired. This situation cannot go on indefinitely, so companies will either pay less for acquisitions or stop making acquisitions," Rhines said.

The United States will see fewer IPOs, causing IPOs to go to the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges, Rhines said. Still, a bright spot is that venture capital funding continues to come in, pointing to a belief in important quarters that there is scope for innovation. Startups will continue to be funded, though not in the same manner they used to be, he said

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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