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PCB Design Software Revenue Increases 6% in Q2

MILPITAS, CA – Printed circuit board and multichip module design software revenue increased 6.3% in the second quarter to total $369 million, according to the ESD Alliance in October. The four-quarter moving average for PCB and MCM, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four, rose 11.7%.

As a whole, ESD revenue increased 5.3% to $3.96 billion in the second quarter from $3.76 billion in the second quarter of 2022. The four-quarter moving average rose 9.5%.

PCB/MCM design software sales trends.

“Growth in total electronic design automation (EDA) revenue in Q2 23 was limited by weak semiconductor IP revenue,” said Wally Rhines, executive sponsor of the SEMI Electronic Design Market Data report. “However, total license and maintenance revenue, which includes all design tools, was strong at 16.1% overall with double-digit growth in all regions except Japan.”

The companies tracked in the EDMD report employed 59,160 people globally in the second quarter, an 11.8% jump over the headcount of 52,918 in the second quarter of 2022 and up 2.5% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

The Americas, the largest reporting region by revenue, procured $1.63 billion of electronic system design products and services in Q2 2023, a 0.6% decline. The four-quarter moving average for the Americas rose 7.5%. Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) procured $509.4 million, up 7.8%. The four-quarter moving average for EMEA grew 8.2%. Japan’s share decreased 4.3% to $241.6 million. The four-quarter moving average for Japan fell 0.3%. Asia Pacific (APAC) procured $1.58 billion, a 13.1% increase. The four-quarter moving average for APAC grew 14.4%. Article ending bug


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