Will Stage 4 Mark the End of Semiconductor EDA Consolidation?
Everyone talks about the increasing consolidation of the EDA tools market, but few provide quantified data for accurate predictions.
Mergers won’t guarantee the survival of chipmakers, explained Microchip’s CEO Steve Sanghi in a recent EETimes article by Rick Merritt. “Mergers are marking the chip industry’s maturity as companies get bigger to survive harsher times ahead.”
The consolidation of the EDA market is nothing new. The past three years have been a particularly active period. But consolidation can not continue forever in a market where venture-capital funding is declining for semiconductor start-ups. Is there any way to gauge the level of consolidation in the market as a whole and in particular the EDA tools segment? Further, is there a level of consolidation at which IP design and reuse will be adversely affected? We’ll start with the first question.
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