SAN JOSE -- Industry revenues for electronic design automation tools reached $987 million in the first three months of 2001, a 14% increase over Q1 in 2000 but a 6% decline from $1.05 billion in Q4 last year, according to new market data released today by a trade group.
Revenues for semiconductor intellectual property--design cores used to develop ICs--declined 27% in the first quarter to $26 million compared to Q1 of 2000, said the EDA Consortium here. Sequentially, semiconductor IP revenues dropped 11.3% from $29.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2000.
The EDA trade group said IC layout tool revenues were the strongest in design automation software segments, growing 42% on a year-to-year basis to $246 million in Q1 of 2001. This total was a new record high for the first three months of a year, said the group.
The EDA industry's largest category, computer-aided engineering (CAE), generated $469 million in revenues during the Q1 2001, an 8% increase over totals in the quarter last year, according to the consortium. But sequentially, CAE revenues dropped 7.5% from $507 million in Q4 of 2000. The CAE's first-quarter growth was led by formal and functional verification tools, which increased 35% to $35 million over sales in Q1 last year, according to the EDA Consortium.