December 27, 2011 -- In 2011, Synopsys made the biggest splash in the EDA pool when it acquired Magma Design Automation. The teaming of these two companies may well result in some interesting doings in 2012 on the RTL-to-GDSII front. Meanwhile, most eyes are on the front end of the design process as electronic system-level (ESL) tools and methodologies slowly but steadily make their way into the mainstream. As a whole, EDA is beginning to grow once again as a market segment.
Within EDA, the fastest growing segment is ESL, with vendors reporting revenues to the EDA Consortium of about $250 million over the last four quarters. The upswing in revenues points to increasing adoption of ESL tools and methodologies.
By David Maliniak, Senior Editor,
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