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This section contains background information about the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry and links to EDA-related web repositories that can be useful for both general and specialized research. If you would like to add a link to this page, please contact us either through this website or by email.



  Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
  EDA Industry at a Glance
The EDA industry services virtually every major semiconductor and electronics systems company in the world including, computer, communications, consumer electronics, medical and aerospace. The demand for increasingly complex ICs and SOCs is exploding. The EDA technologies make it possible for the world's electronic companies to keep up with the demand for smaller, faster, more powerful and lower cost electronic products.

EDA Market
The Electronic Design Automation industry is a $4B industry. Unlike other high tech industry categories, the EDA industry has been extremely stable, and only experienced one year of minor decline (4% in 2002), which was the first in its 18-year history. The last EDA Consortium tracking reports show that EDA industry revenue was up 3% for 2003 (revenue for Q1 of 2004 was $995 million, a 6% increase over Q1 2003). EDA employs over 20,000 people and more than 500,000 people use its tools and services.

EDA Revenue by Category
EDA License and Maintenance revenue was $840 million in Q1 2004, a 3% increase over Q1 2003, and 84% of the total reported revenue. EDA’s largest tool category, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), generated revenue of $470 million in Q1 2004, 6% more than the same period in 2003. Revenue for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Multi-Chip Module (MCM) Layout totaled $85 million in Q1 2004, 5% more than in Q1 2003. IC Physical Design & Verification revenue at $285 million was down slightly from $288 million in the same period last year.

EDA Revenue by Region
North America EDA revenues increased by five percent at $461 million, Europe EDA revenues of $181 million showed a four percent rise, and Japan at $236 million was down two percent. Major growth occurred in the rest of the world, which showed total revenues of $116 million, up 36 percent from Q1 2003.

Source: EDA Consortium




  Created by Alexander Gnusin, the founder and CEO of Adeptix, the TLCforEDA website is a free TCL-based tools and scripts repository where tools are offered on an open-source basis, along with articles and presentations. TCL, which stands for Tool Command Language, is widely used for customizing and controlling EDA tools.

The site offers both tools and scripts. The main difference of the two is that the tools contain a lot more TCL code and are generally independent with respect to the EDA tools they work with.

See review on TCLforEDA in EE design - 2003
See review on TCLforEDA in EE design - 2002


  Open-Source EDA
  The EEdesign web page with more than 50 links to EDA software available under the GNU Public License (GPL) or other forms of open-source or community-source licensing.


  Free EDA, IP, and SoC, ASIC & FPGA Design Info
  News, articles, tutorials, whitepapers, directories for EDA tools, IP, system-on-chip, ASIC and FPGA design from selected online sources. You'll also find the abstracts (and links) to more than 1600 relevant magazine and newspaper articles, tutorials, whitepapers, and application notes available online. To top this off, SOCcentral provides the most comprehensive directory of EDA tool and IP providers, design service companies, and fabless semiconductor companies available anywhere on the Internet. No registration required at




  Chip Design Magazine
  Chip Design provides design engineers and managers with the tools, technologies and methodologies they need to create more complex designs with increased performance and greater capabilities.


  Electronic Trends Publications
  Electronic Trends Publications is a publisher of specialized market research reports on a variety of electronics topics. Reports are priced at US $2,295 each.


  EEdesign Magazine
  EEdesign is CMP Media's comprehensive source of information for electronic design tools and methodologies. Its scope includes EDA tools, silicon intellectual property (IP), chip design methodologies, and chip and system architectures. The site incorporates news headlines, exclusive feature stories and user interviews, columns, resource listings, and a continuously updated EDA tools directory.




  Circuit World
  The Electronic Manufacturing Guide is a guide to semiconductor manufacturers, electronic component distributors, and
general information sites.


  Electronic Component News
  Resource, educational tool, source guide, and also a phonebook. ECN's Electronic Industry Telephone Directory lists 30,000 companies in one national edition.


  The design source for electronics engineers and managers worldwide. The site provides abundant technical resources, information on tools and services, industry trends, scientific articles, news, and the like.



  Electronic Design
  Information portal on emerging technologies for design solutions. The portal offers articles, forums, featured vendor search, e-newsletters, and more.


  Integrated System Design
  Online magazine for integrated systems designers, by CMP Publications.




  EDA Consortium
  The Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Consortium represents 100 companies in the $4 billion Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry. Unlike other high tech industry categories, the EDA industry has been extremely stable, and only experienced one year of minor decline (4% in 2002), which was the first in its 18-year history. The EDA Consortium last industry tracking reports show that EDA industry revenue was up 3% for 2003. EDA employs over 20,000 people and more than 500,000 people use its tools and services.


  EDA Tech Forum Series - 18 Locations Worldwide
  Hosted by Mentor Graphics, The EDA Tech Forum addresses the latest EDA advancements, bringing together industry experts, the design community and solution providers. Leverage this worldwide event series, targeting designers and engineering management.


  EDA Downloads, EDA Demos, EDA News, EDA Jobs, EDA Presentations, and other Valuable EDA Resources. Registration is free, but required.




  Incredible amount of information and resources for the chip industry. Several experts available for questions. Also includes, reviews, news, directory of products and more.


  Informative and interesting site by John Cooley.


  This site provides datasheets for electronic components and semiconductors, especially for obsolete parts, with access to technical documentation, application notes, pinouts, cross references and manufacturer listings.



  This site lists several standards in use or in development, by VHDL International.


  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.


  Accellera (former Open Verilog International)
  To improve designers' productivity, the electronic design industry needs a methodology based on both worldwide standards and open interfaces. Accellera was formed in 2000 through the unification of Open Verilog International and VHDL International to focus on identifying new standards, development of standards and formats, and to foster the adoption of new methodologies.




  ACM Special Interest Groups on Design Automation (SIGDA)
  This server has a wealth of Design Automation (DA) information.


  ISO 9000 Translated into Plain English
  ISO 9000 is rapidly becoming the most popular quality standard in the world. Thousands of organizations have already adopted this important standard, and many more are in the process of doing so. ISO's requirements include ISO 9001, ISO 9002, and ISO 9003. And ISO's guidelines include ISO 9000, ISO 9004, ISO 10011, and ISO 10013. For the benefit of those who appreciate clarity, Praxiom Research Group Limited have "translated" these requirements and guidelines into plain English.


  Glossary of EDA Terms
  New comprehensive glossary of EDA terms, provided by the EEdesign magazine. The glossary is followed by EDA market place information and related EDA links.




  Chip Design Company List
  This link will take you to another page on this website which contains links to over 200 chip design companies.


  EDA Company List
  This is also a link to another page on this website with links to over 200 EDA companies.








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