Frost & Sullivan Research Service   Published: 12 Dec 2005
North American Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools Market for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design
   Research Overview

Dense and Vast Circuitry Designs Drive CAE Tools for PCB Designs

The increasing number of layers on printed circuit boards (PCBs) that have numerous components and increasing interconnects require the use of enhanced simulation tools, which in turn is boosting the computer aided engineering (CAE) tools market. Besides the fact that placing components on such PCBs is both difficult and time consuming, there is also a need to tackle the problems of heat generation and gigahertz speed rates. CAE tools that facilitate this process by being sturdy on PCB components as well as being able to reduce the testing time for such circuit operations are anticipated to be in great demand as the technology grows.

This Frost & Sullivan research service examines the North American market for CAE tools in PCB design. It provides detailed insights into recent developments and trends in this field. The study also discusses the prevailing market drivers and industry challenges and provides an overview of the market revenues and shares.

Complex Design Issues and Development Cycles Challenge the Growth of the CAE Market

With a trend toward 90 nanometer (nm) processes, end-user companies are beginning to recognize the importance of CAE tools, which are proving capable of addressing the complex design issues involved in 90 nm technology nodes. "Issues such as power and signal integrity are expected to affect the 90 nm node more than the 130 nm node, and at such critical levels, bridging hardware and software is a challenge," says the analyst of this research service. "Participants are looking to CAE to address this concern."

However, complex PCB designs lengthen the process for verification and debugging of components, which in turn, increases the development costs of CAE tools related to the 90-nm technology and pushes their time to market. Nonetheless, as technology advances, the CAE market is likely to overcome this development issue and create more cost-effective, quality design tools.

Software Updates and Resourceful Maintenance Techniques Likely to be a Major Source of Revenues

"CAE market participants are heavily investing on delivering valuable software updates that address most of their end users’ requirements in order to effectively penetrate the market with highly-reliable tools that satisfy more than one end-user requirement," says the analyst. This results in not only an expanding customer base, but also an increasing demand for long-term, reliable post-sale services to the PCB industry. Thus, providing updates and establishing efficient maintenance of software tools across geographically distributed regions is set to raise the revenues in the CAE market.

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This study provides seven-year revenue forecasts for the CAE tools market for PCB design by taking into consideration several factors that affect this market. It analyses the impact of the drivers, restraints, and challenges, which influence the market trends and forecasts revenues. The market revenues are projected in terms of figures and charts to enable clear and better understanding of the market trends at a glance. Such revenue forecasts enable market participants to analyze their decisions and develop effective strategies.

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   Market Sectors

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By End User Segment:

  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Automotives
  • Consumer electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Defense

By Application:

  • Analysis tools
  • Simulation schematic capture tools
  • Debug tools

By Geographic Region:

  • The Unites States
  • Canada
  • Mexico

The following technologies are covered in this research:

  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB): This is a flat board that carries the chips and various other electronic components. This board is made up of alternating layers of copper and plastic, with the etching process performed on the copper layers to provide interconnects. These boards are capable of holding several components depending on the required specifications and produce complex interconnections that are of different sizes and varying densities.
  • Integrated Circuit (IC): This is a circuit that contains numerous transistors, capacitors, and resistors all interconnected in a single chip. The components may range from a few hundred pieces to millions.
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design: This refers to the initial step of the diagrammatic representation of the circuit, followed by developing a design program using the available component and connectivity information. The PCB layout and routing techniques are performed finally, making it suitable for manufacture and assembly.
  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA): This refers to the extensive use of computers and technology in assisting the product design and development of electronic systems. These include complex design issues employing challenging environments.
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE): A broad term referring to the use of computer technology in aiding the product life management goods. This may refer to product design, handling, manufacture, or transportation. This technology is developed to cater to various industry segments.
  • Computer-aided Design (CAD): This is a package employed by engineers and designers to assist their design drawing procedures. This package is featured with advanced graphics that help to generate different designs and views indicating the intricacies and complexities of the design.
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM): This is a software package that assists in enhancing the manufacturing process.
  • e-CAD/CAM: This refers to electronic computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing.
  • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express: This refers to an Input/Output bus standard employed to enhance the rate of data transfer compared to the original PCI. These are interconnecting technologies that rely on high speeds.
  • Design for Yield (DFY): This is a growing technology that includes software solutions that are developed for the analysis and optimization of mixed signal and analog memories.
   What's Included
  • Detailed insights into the North American CAE tools market for PCB design
  • Drivers, restraints, and industry challenges
  • Revenue forecasts, market shares, competitive structure, and analysis
  • Geographic region analysis
  • Market and technology trends
  Table Of Contents

1. Executive Summary
        1. Market Overview
                1. Introduction
                2. Key Market Trends
        2. Major Research Findings
                1. Opportunities and Forecast
                2. Competitive Analysis
                3. Conclusion

2. Total Chapter
        1. Overview
                1. Market Overview and Definitions
                2. Drivers
                a. Dense And Vast Circuitry Promotes Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools Growth For Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design
                b. Faster Time-To-Market PCB Designs Strengthen The CAE Tools Market
                c. Ever Increasing Speed Of High-Data Switching Spurs The CAE Tools Market For PCB Design
                d. Developing Software Tools To Address The Emerging Need For Low Power Consumption Whips The CAE Tools Market
                e. Convergence Of Finite Elements With Electronic-Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (E-CAD/CAM) Data Encourages CAE Tools Growth
                3. Restraints
                a. Frequent Job Change Over And Lack Of Expertise Curbs Research & Development Of Company Specific CAE Tools, Affecting Their Revenues
                b. Long Development Life-cycles of Electronic Design and Automation (EDA) Tools Limits Technology Growth of CAE Tools Market
                c. Difference In Knowledge Levels And Usage Among Developers And End-Users Restricts CAE Tools Product Quality, Thereby Affecting Growth
                d. Absence Of Capital To Invest Arrests Production Of More CAE Software Tools Per Year
                e. Lack Of High-End Tools Slows Down The Development Of Simulations, Hampering The CAE Tools Market Revenues
                4. Challenges
                5. Market Engineering Analysis
        2. Forecast and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Revenue for Services
                3. Demand Analysis
                4. Geographic Trends
                5. Technology Trends
                6. Pricing Trends
        3. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure
                2. Market Share Analysis
        4. Frost & Sullivan Awards
                1. Customer Service Leadership Award
                2. Product Innovation Award
                3. Internet Marketing Strategy Leadership Award

3. Appendix
        1. Decision Support Databases (DSD)
                1. Printed Circuit Board Sales
                2. Annual Telecom Investments
                3. Total Value Addition by the Manufacturing Industry
                4. Total Electronic Components Contribution to Electronics Industry

   List of Figures

Chapter 2

  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (North America), 2006-2012
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (North America), 2006-2012
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Market Challenges Ranked in Order of Impact (North America), 2006-2012
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2002-2012
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Demand Analysis of Major PCB Types (North America), 2005
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (North America), 2002-2012
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Competitive Structure (North America), 2005
  • CAE Tools Market for PCB Design: Market Share of Major Market Participants (North America), 2005
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