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Gary Smith EDA (GSEDA) is the leading provider of market intelligence and advisory services for the global Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Electronic System Level (ESL) design, and related technology markets.

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    Executive Summary - 2012 EDA Market Trends
    Executive Summary - 2012 EDA Market Trends

    Market Share

    Cadence regained their number two position in the market although that battle isn’t over yet. Mentor remains the Company with their eye on the future, where Cadence’s future direction is still uncertain. However it’s now obvious that Lip-Bu is building a team to set that direction. Both companies have a long way to go before they threaten Synopsys’ number one position.

    Market Growth

    We did not see the ESL hockey stick in 2011. As the Upper Mainstream users moved up from RTL to ESL they did not find a complete commercial ESL flow available. That and the confusion over the various Virtual Prototypes prevented the explosive growth we expected.

    The good news is that Atrenta announced the last part of their RTL Virtual Prototype at DAC, completing the flow. Also both Cadence and Mentor announced their Software Virtual Prototypes during the year, giving Synopsys some significant competition. Still the sales forces of all three companies are giving away their ESL tools for free, bundled in with their RTL tools, and until that stops there is no hope for the traditional hockey stick curve as the new methodology takes over (see Figure S–1).

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