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Ready to use revival

The 'ready to use' pcb design market is coming to life agains. By Graham Pitcher

The ready to use pcb design software market has been through quite a lot of change in the last few years, characterised in the main by acquisitions.

If you look back to the mid 1990s, some familiar names are no more. MicroSim, for example, was acquired by Orcad. In turn, Orcad was acquired by Cadence. Intergraph span out its design software business as VeriBest and this was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1999. Viewlogic and Summit Design merged to become Innoveda, which then took over PADS. More recently, Innoveda was acquired by Mentor Graphics.

Dan Harris, managing director of Electronics Workbench Europe (EWB), said the market has gone from one with too many companies to one where there are too few. "This end of the market has stagnated," he claimed. EWB, meanwhile, played its own part in the acquisition phase by taking over Ultimate Technology.

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