REDWOOD CITY, CA — Sales of printed circuit board and multichip module design tools rose 13.4% in the third quarter, continuing a solid run that has lasted two years.

Sales for the September period were $184 million, the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance announced today. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, for PCB & MCM increased 18.7%.

It was the sixth time in the past seven quarters that PCB/MCM sales have risen. Overall all regions and sectors of electronic design automation (EDA) showed gains in sales. The overall EDA industry increased 8% to $2.26 billion. The four-quarters moving average increased 11.5%.

“For the second consecutive quarter, the EDA industry reported increases in all product categories and geographic regions,” said Walden C. Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and president and CEO of Mentor. “The printed circuit board and multichip module and semiconductor IP product categories reported double-digit growth in Q3, as did the Japan and Asia-Pacific regions.”

Companies that were tracked employed 39,044 professionals in Q3 2017, an increase of 9.9% from a year ago and 2% sequentially.

By segment, computer-aided engineering (CAE) generated revenue of $709 million, a 6.3% increase over 2016. The four-quarters moving average for CAE increased 9.3%. IC Physical Design & Verification revenue was $450.9 million, up 2.2%. The four-quarters moving average increased 6%.

Semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) revenue totaled $811.2 million, up 12.5%. The four-quarters moving average increased 17%.

Services revenue was $107 million, up 4.4%. The four-quarters moving average increased 1.8%.

The Americas, EDA’s largest region, purchased $978.4 million of EDA products and services in the quarter, an increase of 4.9%. The four-quarters moving average for the Americas increased 9.6%.

Revenue in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) increased 7.3%. The four-quarters moving average increased 10.7%. Japan revenue rose 10.4% to $235.3 million, and its four-quarters moving average increased 7.8%. Asia/Pacific (APAC) region revenue increased 12.2% to $729.7 million, and its four-quarters moving average increased 15.9%.

Rhines discussed the results with PCD&F's Mike Buetow on PCB Chat this week. Listen here.

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