HONG KONG -- 'Design trends and EDA tools: China and Taiwan' a survey conducted by Electronic Engineering Times-Asia (EE Times-Asia) shows that in 2002 the Taiwan and mainland China markets for EDA software demonstrated strong growth and increased sophistication, according to Global Sources Ltd.
EETimes-Asia is published by eMedia Asia Ltd., a joint venture between Global Sources and CMP Media LLC, the publisher of Silicon Strategies website.
The research, conducted jointly by EETimes-Asia and EDA market research specialist Gartner Inc., showed that in mainland China design is still dominated by the telecommunications, datacommunications and networking industry. Thirty one percent of respondents cite it as their primary area of application, followed by consumer electronics at 23 percent and industrial controls at 20 percent.
In Taiwan, consumer electronics dominates with 34 percent of respondents citing it as the industry where their designs are applied most. This signals a shift in focus away from the computers and computer peripherals industry, the primary area of application in 2002, which lagged at 22 percent.
The research also shows a decline in business from Taiwan's telecommunications, datacommunications and networking industry from a year ago.
The manufacturing process technology that engineers in China and Taiwan target has progressed towards finer line widths since 2002, Global Sources said.
Although the mainstream process technology remains at 0.35-micron, six percent more respondents in both mainland China and Taiwan than last year say they are now engaged in designs using process technologies of 0.18-micron. There is a similar increase in the number of engineers using 0.13-micron process technologies. Results also suggest that mainland China has made faster and more evident progress in design process technology over the past 12 months.
"In 2002, growth in the worldwide EDA software market reached 3.3 percent. Asia-Pacific attained annual growth of 18 percent by comparison. This indicates that the region's electronic design remains healthy while markets elsewhere are experiencing a slowdown. Taiwan represents Asia's largest EDA software market with orders growing 24 percent in 2002 to exceed US$100 million. However, emerging markets such as mainland China are demonstrating tremendous growth," said Gary Smith, chief EDA analyst at Gartner Inc.
The research, undertaken to identify, compare and contrast current and emerging trends in mainland China and Taiwan's design activities, is based on 1,538 responses from design and test engineers to an online survey.