for those interested in such things...

i just read a very interesting article in 
EETIMES magazine Oct 27 2003 (an actual paper printed copy)
"Gentrification hits pcb tools"

Among many other things they show a chart (source: Gartner Dataquest)

"TOP 20 pcb/MCM/hybrid software companies 1996 vs. 2002"

http://img.cmpnet.com/eet/news/03/october/NF1293_TABLE.gif

as you can see and as they also point out the gap between 
#3 and #4 in 2002 is HUGE

You also will learn how the top vendors are doing their VeriBest :) 
to drive prices up and how there are no new entrants

I don't know how many people Altium has but these days $12 mil 
gross revenue is not a huge number for an international going
enterprise

ominous sub headings
"Consolidation squeezes board tools"

also some interesting history re CCT & Orcad acquisitions

full article link
http://www.eedesign.com/story/OEG20031027S0069

Altium may be able to sit at this level but it seems to me 
that a more likely scenario involves the ongoing 
dramas of swallow or be swallowed 

Dennis Saputelli

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