MILPITAS, CA – Printed circuit board and multichip module design software revenue rose 2.6% year-over-year to $247.3 million in the fourth quarter. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased 9.7%, said the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance.
Overall electronic design automation industry revenue decreased 3.1% year-over-year in the fourth quarter to $2.57 billion. The dip broke an 11-quarter run of growth. The four-quarters moving average increased 3.7%.
“While CAE and PCB and MCM categories reported an increase, the EDA industry overall reported reduced revenues in the fourth quarter, partly due to accounting and reporting changes by IP providers. The decrease is also in comparison to a particularly strong fourth quarter 2017,” said Walden C. Rhines, CEO emeritus of Mentor and member of the ESD Alliance Governing Council. “An annual revenue increase of 3.7% in 2018 completes nine years of continuous positive growth.”
Companies tracked employed 42,790 professionals in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 7.1% compared to the same period in the previous year, and up 1.5% sequentially.
Computer-aided engineering tools generated revenue of $866.2 million in the fourth quarter, up 2.4%. The four-quarters moving average for CAE increased 7.5%. IC physical design and verification revenue was $485.1 million, an 11.8% decrease from 2017. The four-quarters moving average increased 3.4%. Semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) revenue totaled $866.1 million, down 3.5%. The four-quarters moving average decreased 0.8%.
Services revenue was $105.5 million, a decrease of 10.7%. The four-quarters moving average increased 0.8%.
The Americas, EDA’s largest region, purchased $1.16 billion of EDA products and services in the fourth quarter, down 7.4% year-over-year. The four-quarters moving average for the Americas increased 4.1%. Revenue in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) decreased 12% on revenues of $339.8 million. The EMEA four-quarters moving average increased 3.7%. Revenue from Japan decreased 1.7% to $225 million. The four-quarters moving average increased 5.3%. Asia/Pacific (APAC) revenue was $846.3 million, a decrease of 0.4%. The four-quarters moving average increased 2.8%.