The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
On the one hand start-up Copenhagen-based Teklatech has completed a $1 million round of funding from a group of private investors in syndication with a major Scandinavian venture fund.
On the other hand industry watcher Sramana Mitra sees some consolidation in the failing EDA industry, which she said has not reached the proportions that she would like to see, "but at least it's a start."
Her conclusion: "The EDA industry looks very precarious, and other than Synopsys, the other 3 major players look wobbly at best. If they continue to resist the inevitable consolidation that I have been calling for over the last 3 years, the level of misery in store is just sordid."
Gary Smith of GarySmith EDA, an analysis firm, in his latest Note on the attendance at the recent DATE 2009 in Munich, laments how EDA industry players are short-sighted as a whole.
He warns his readers to "keep in mind most of your customers of tomorrow are not your customers of today."
The recesssion has kept many EDA participants at bay, but thinking long-term is still a good idea for when the economy recovers. The sun always comes out after a rainstrom.
If you had to miss DATE in Munich, you still have time to make plans to attend DAC 2009 in San Francisco end of July. I recommend getting a C-level view of EDA during DAC's Management Day.