I’ve written before (1,2,3,4) about the success and momentum of Apache Design so it was no surprise to read in EE Times that they are positioning for an IPO.

Every quarter for the past several years I would read almost the same press release from Apache, “record sales, still profitable”. Apache is my favorite EDA poster child for success.

They’ve worked hard to carve out a niche for themselves in the EDA space. I think that they could add a few more point-tool companies and expand their product offerings even wider.

I’d love to see Apache merge with a company like SpringSoft because there is no product overlap and it could be good for the industry. Time will tell.