My typical day starts with a cup of coffee while I check email and browse the EETimes homepage.  Recently, I read an article entitled Rhines challenges pessimistic prognosis for EDA, which describes a DesignCon keynote by Walden Rhines, Mentor’s CEO/Chair.  The following segment from the article stuck with me:

Rhines pointed to a bright future for EDA, despite the doom-and-gloom that surrounds the industry. The number of chip designers in the world is growing he said.  While he [Rhines] joked that not all of the designers are acquiring EDA software legally at the moment, he said their companies would likely “clean that stuff up” as they matured in places like China, India and Eastern Europe.

For the most part, SaaS solves this issue — piracy of EDA software becomes a non-issue when tools are offered as a SaaS since the vendor has complete control.  The  software binaries don’t get transfered, so they cannot be pirated.  Also, as the number of chip designers in the world grow, SaaS is well positioned to achieve the required economies of scale and reduced cost structure to serve emerging markets.