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Cadence emerges as fourth largest IP core supplier

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence? Gartner? ARM? Synopsys?

Cadence Design Systems Inc. has outdistanced its competitors with its IP strategy and buyouts including Tensilica and Cosmic Circuit, emerging as the fourth largest semiconductor IP core suppliers in 2013, according to Gartner Inc.

This achievement marks a milestone for a company that had not figured in the top 10 in Gartner's 2012 ranking for semiconductor IP.

Gartner reported an 11.5 per cent market growth in the Semiconductor design IP in 2013, amounting to $2.45 billion. Processor licensor ARM Holdings plc had a 43.2 per cent share of design IP revenue. Synopsys was second with 13.9 per cent and Imagination Technologies third with 9.0 per cent.

Gartner IP ranking 2013

ARM continues to be the clear market leader in semiconductor IP core licensing but its year-on-year growth was eclipsed in 2013 by Imagination Technologies Group plc. Imagination's growth was partly due to its acquisition of MIPS Technology Inc. early in the year.

Other notable movers included Sonics Inc., which expanded IP core revenue by 44.8 per cent and graphics core licensor Vivante Ltd. which broke into the top ten ranking. Sonics climbed to 7th in 2013's ranking from 9th in 2012's ranking. Ceva and Rambus suffered falls in IP core revenue. Ceva fell from 5th to 6th while Rambus maintained eighth position in the Gartner ranking.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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