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PCB ECAD Sales Continue Growth Streak
MILPITAS, CA – Printed circuit board and multichip module design software revenue increased 15.3% to $289.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2020, said the ESD Alliance in July, continuing a long run of growth. The four-quarter moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four, increased 5.3%.

Electronic system design industry revenue increased 17% year-over-year to $3.16 billion in the first quarter, the strongest first-quarter growth ever. The four-quarter moving average rose 15%, the highest annual growth since 2011.

“The industry reported substantial double-digit year-over-year revenue growth for the first quarter 2021,” said Wally Rhines, spokesperson for the SEMI Electronic Design Market Data report. “All product categories significantly contributed, with double-digit growth in the computer-aided engineering, IC physical design and verification, printed circuit board and multichip module, and semiconductor IP segments.

“EDA license and maintenance, which includes PCB, is at an all-time record,” Rhines said to PCD&F in an interview recorded for the PCB Chat ( podcast.

“Geographically, the Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and Asia Pacific also reported double-digit growth. First quarter 2021 marked a new high for quarterly growth of total license and maintenance revenue, as well as IC physical design and verification.”

The companies tracked employed 49,024 people during the quarter, up 6.7% year-over-year and 1.1% sequentially. EDA continued to growth during 2020, Rhines told PCD&F, because “design is something you can interact with people online. They didn’t reduce their personnel during Covid. They kept their people and continued to hire.

“This has historically gone on for decades.… Design continues pretty steadily, I believe because companies know someday the problem will be over, and they have to have new products.” (MB)