Electronic design automation

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Electronic design automation (EDA) is the category of tools for designing and producing electronic systems ranging from printed circuit boards (PCBs) to integrated circuits. This is sometimes referred to as ECAD (electronic computer-aided design).

The term EDA is also used as an umbrella term for computer-aided engineering, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing of electronics in the discipline of electrical engineering. This usage probably originates in the IEEE Design Automation Technical Committee.

EDA has rapidly increased in importance with the continuous scaling of semiconductor technology. (See: Moore's Law.) EDA companies' clients are primarily semiconductor companies that design chips using EDA software. But also physical manufacturers (fabs), largest of which are TSMC, IBM, Intel.

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Product areas (incomplete)

EDA is divided into many (sometimes overlapping) sub-areas. They mostly align with the path of manufacturing of the chips from design to mask generation.

Largest companies

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Cadence Design Systems San Jose, California $3.5 billion Missing image
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Synopsys Mountain View, California $2.5 billion Missing image
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Mentor Graphics Wilsonville, Oregon $1.0 billion Missing image
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Magma Design Automation Inc Santa Clara, California $387 million Missing image
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