The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac -Nominal Q3 2011


This is the December 12, 2011 edition of the EDA WEEKLY entitled
, “The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac – Nominal Q3 2011.”

Over the years since 2003, Henke Associates has issued quarterly Commentaries and WEEKLIES that dealt with high tech software vendors in the fields of Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Electronics Intellectual Property (Electronics IP), and in the companion fields of mechanical computer aided design (MCAD) and mechanical computer aided engineering & analysis (MCAE).

Familiar vendor names have included Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys and others in EDA; ARM Holdings, Rambus and others in Electronics IP; and ANSYS, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, PTC and others in MCAD/MCAE. The vast majority of these articles (now numbering well over 100) have been separately posted on either or, both specialty electronic newsletters among others issued daily by International Business Systems (IBSystems) of Campbell CA. Commentaries tend to run daily for a full calendar quarter and EDA WEEKLIES for at least four weeks.

Beginning in 2011, the writer occasionally combined reports on EDA and on Electronics IP into single issues of EDA WEEKLY. Readers will recall for example the April 04, 2011 issue, entitled, “The EDA and the Electronics IP Almanac: Q4 2010.” The same EDA and Electronics IP combo also appeared on June 27, 2011 for Q1 2011 financials.

But as readers quickly observed in the August 22, 2011 EDA WEEKLY, the G5 Electronics IP financial results for Q2 2011 held the center stage alone, although recent gyrations of the worldwide economic environment also received its due in coverage. The same was true of the Q3 2011 G5 Electronics IP financial results posted November 14, 2011.

Other Combinations

More rare have been occasions when one particular article appeared in both the and newsletters, such as the article on ANSYS multi-physics of July 2010. This trend is likely to be repeated going forward as the fields of
mechanical design automation & simulation merge more and more with electronics design & simulation.

Occasionally it will also become useful to combine the financial reports from EDA and MCAD/MCAE into single issues of EDA WEEKLY, when the stars line up schedule-wise. Such was the case here in September 2011, and it is again the case in the current December 12, 2011 EDA WEEKLY.

The December 2011 EDA WEEKLY

Accordingly, this issue of the EDA WEEKLY, which is entitled, “The EDA and MCAD/MCAE Almanac: Q3 2011,” first posted on December 12, 2011, will report on the financial results for nominal Q3 2011 of the following sets of vendors:

Selection History of Vendor Coverage Choices for EDA

For the quarterly EDA Industry Commentaries published in starting in May 2003, Henke Associates chose nine (9) publicly-traded entities: Altium, Ansoft, Cadence, Magma, Mentor Graphics, Nassda, Synopsys, Synplicity and Verisity.

Subsequently, Verisity and Nassda were acquired by EDA vendors Cadence and Synopsys, respectively, and hence were dropped from independent coverage the quarterly EDA Commentaries. More recently, EDA vendor Synplicity was acquired by Synopsys, and EDA vendor Ansoft was acquired by MCAE vendor ANSYS. Consequently, both Synplicity and Ansoft no longer independently appeared in the EDA Industry reports. Finally, in May 2011, SpringSoft, Inc. replaced Altium Limited on our G5 EDA list.

Assuming as we do, that the Synopsys acquisition of MAGMA is fully consummated during the early part of 2012 and that MAGMA financials are subsumed by those of Synopsys, MAGMA will no longer be covered as a separate entity, and the EDA WEEKLY will once again be seeking a publicly-held fifth vendor to add to the Group to bring it back to Five. Readers’ suggestions are welcome; please send them to the writer via email along with the reasons why, to Email Contact by February 01, 2012.

Selection History of Vendor Coverage Choices for MCAD/MCAE

In the very first MCAD Industry Commentary published in May 2003 in MCADCafé.com, then-recent yearly and quarterly financial performances of a selected group of nine (9) public Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) and Mechanical Computer Aided Engineering (MCAE) vendor companies were analyzed and compared. The entities initially covered were ANSYS, Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, UGS PLM, ESI Group, Moldflow, MSC.Software, PTC and Tecnomatix.

As a result of the acquisition of Tecnomatix by UGS that closed April 1, 2005, Tecnomatix was eliminated from coverage thereafter as a separate entity. On May 7, 2007 UGS announced the close of its acquisition by Siemens AG effective May 4, 2007. Thereafter, the business went to market as UGS PLM Software (and later as Siemens PLM Software), a global division of the Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) Group. Over the years UGS itself had bounced back and forth between being a public company and a private company under different ownerships. Regrettably, we have been able to gain very little insight into UGS' financial performance itself from public Siemens' corporate reports after the Siemens acquisition. Occasionally we will include Siemens PLM Software news items that bear on the industry as a whole. Then, on June 25, 2008, Autodesk completed its acquisition of Moldflow Corporation, so thereafter Moldflow was eliminated from separate coverage.

On July 07, 2009 MSC.Software announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Symphony Technology Group (STG) under which a company controlled by STG would acquire all of MSC's outstanding shares in a one-step cash merger transaction. This acquisition of MSC.Software by STG was finally consummated on October 14, 2009. No financial results for MSC.Software were published for Q3 2009, and none since. Unless and until such data are subsequently made available, MSC.Software has been dropped from financial reporting coverage herein, although occasionally MSC.Software news items that bear on the industry as a whole will be mentioned. Readers may be interested to see the recent MCAD/MCAE Commentary about a late August 2011 interview with CEO Dominic Gallello of MSC.Software at this URL:

Henke Associates recognizes that some MCAD/PLM/MCAE vendors have expanded their offerings into the world of “multi-physics” by moving beyond pure MCAD into other disciplines, such as fluid dynamics and electronic analysis (e.g. ANSYS). These Commentaries will also report on these new areas as appropriate. (The EDA WEEKLY article posted on on July 19, 2010, entitled, “ANSYS turns 40!” dealt with ANSYS multi-physics, and it is available in the EDA WEEKLY archives). And of course Dassault Systemes just added certain EDA capabilities to its repertoire with the acquisition of ELSYS.

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