REDWOOD CITY, CA – Sales of software for designing printed circuit boards and multichip modules rose 16.4% year-over-year to $195.4 million in the second quarter. 

The four-quarters moving average, comparing the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, for PCB and MCM tools increased 15.3%, said the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS), which tracks the data.

Overall Electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 9.8% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2017 to $2.2 billion. The four-quarters moving average increased 11.3%.

“The EDA industry continued to grow in the second quarter, reporting increases in all product categories and geographic regions,” said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and president and CEO of Mentor. “The Printed Circuit Board and Multichip Module and Semiconductor IP categories reported double-digit growth in the second quarter, as did the Asia/Pacific region. This is the strongest second quarter in five years.”

Tracked companies employed 38,265 professionals in the quarter, up 9.4% compared to the same period in 2016, and up 2.8% sequentially.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) generated revenue of $677.3 million during the quarter, a 2.2% increase year-over-year. The four-quarters moving average for CAE increased 8.7%.

IC Physical Design & Verification revenue was $434.3 million in the second quarter, a 4.7% increase compared to the same quarter last year. The four-quarters moving average increased 7.5%.

The PCB/MCM category has “essentially doubled in the last 10 years,” Rhines said in a phone call with PCD&F, highlighting the current strength in North American and Europe. “PCB design is one of the oldest—more mature—categories,” he said. “Semiconductors are picking up strength. PCB design is even stronger. System design is alive and well.”

SIP revenue totaled $793.4 million, up 18.8%. The four-quarters moving average increased 16.6%.

Services revenue was $108.8 million, an increase of 9.5%. The four-quarters moving average increased 1.5%.

The Americas, EDA’s largest region, purchased $986 million of EDA products and services in the second quarter, an increase of 8.5% compared to the second quarter of 2016. The four-quarters moving average for the Americas increased 9.2%. Revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) increased 10.6% on revenues of $314.8 million. The EMEA four-quarters moving average increased 9.5%. Revenue from Japan increased 2.5% to $216.7 million. The four-quarters moving average for Japan increased 6.2%. The Asia/Pacific (APAC) region revenue increased to $691.7 million, an increase of 13.8%. The four-quarters moving average increased 17.1%.

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