SAN JOSE – Printed circuit board and multichip module design software sales rose 1.1% from a year ago in the first quarter. Revenue reached $161.5 million for the March period, says the EDA Consortium, which tracks the data.
The four-quarters moving average for PCB & MCM increased 5%.
Overall electronic design automation industry revenue increased 7.5% in the first quarter of 2015 to $1.877 billion. The four-quarters moving average was up 8%,.
"The EDA Industry continues to show solid revenue growth in the first quarter, led by semiconductor IP," said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the EDAC MSS and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. "All categories showed revenue increases except CAE. Geographically, the Americas and Asia-Pacific reported double-digit growth."
Companies tracked employed a record 32,127 professionals in the first quarter, up 5.5% year-over-year, and up 1.2% sequentially.
The largest category, computer aided engineering (CAE), generated revenue of $633.7 million, down 0.8% compared to the first quarter of 2014. The four-quarters moving average for CAE decreased 3%. IC Physical Design & Verification revenue was $359.3 million for the period, an 8.3% increase year-over-year. The
four-quarters moving average increased 7.1%.
Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) revenue totaled $618.1 million in the first quarter, up 19.3% year-over-year. The four-quarters moving average increased 24.3%.
Services revenue was $104.4 million, up 6.8% compared to the prior-year quarter. The four-quarters moving average was up 9.1%.
The Americas, EDA's largest region, purchased $853.2 million of EDA products and services in the quarter, an increase of 12.2% year-over-year. The four-quarters moving average for the Americas increased 11.6%.
Revenue in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) decreased 6.2% on revenues of $278.3 million. The EMEA four-quarters moving average increased 0.2%. Revenue from Japan decreased 0.2% year-over-year to $209.3 million. The four-quarters moving average was down 13.3%. Asia/Pacific (APAC) revenue increased 12% to $536.2 million. The four-quarters moving average was up 17.5%.