The global EDA industry dipped in the 4Q18 to $2,570.1 million, down 3.1 percent from $2652 million in 4Q17, according to the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESDA).
The full year revenue for 2018 increased by 3.7 percent compared with 2017.
"While CAE and PCB & MCM categories reported an increase, the EDA industry overall reported reduced revenues in Q4, partly due to accounting and reporting changes by IP providers. The decrease is also in comparison to a particularly strong Q4 2017," said Wally Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, and a member of the ESD Alliance governing council.
Companies that were tracked employed 42,790 professionals in Q4 2018, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to the 39,964 employed in Q4 2017, and up 1.5 percent compared to Q3 2018.
Semiconductor intellectual property revenue totalled $866.1 million in 4Q18, a 3.5 percent decrease compared to 4Q17. The four-quarters moving average decreased 0.8 percent. The decrease is due in part to software IP accounting and reporting changes by IP providers in 2018.
The Americas, EDA’s largest region, purchased $1,159 million of EDA products and services in 4Q18, a decrease of 7.4 percent compared to 4Q17. The four-quarters moving average for the Americas increased 4.1 percent.
Revenue in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) decreased 12 percent in 4Q18 compared to 4Q17 on revenues of $339.8 million. The EMEA four-quarters moving average increased 3.7 percent.
The fourth quarter 2018 revenue from Japan decreased 1.7 percent to $225 million compared to Q4 2017. The four-quarters moving average for Japan increased 5.3 percent.
The Asia/Pacific (APAC) region revenue decreased slightly to $846.3 million in 4Q18, a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to 4Q17. The four-quarters moving average increased 2.8 percent.
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