ESD Alliance committees provide the forum for member companies to address issues of common concern. These issues include export and government related issues, licensing and prevention of software piracy, interoperability, market information, and building an electronic system design business.

Managing Risk Across the Design Ecosystem

The ESD Alliance helps its member companies mitigate business risks through the efforts of several committees:

  • Export Law
  • License Management
    & Anti-Piracy

Committees provide a common forum for discussion and resolution of potential risks that could impact all members and are comprised of representatives from ESD Alliance member companies. Read more

Ensuring Long Term Growth

The health of the system design market requires continued innovation and a robust startup environment that supports the development of new companies and technologies. The Alliance manages two committees in this area:

  • Emerging Companies
  • OS/Interoperability

The Emerging Companies committee puts on networking events and programs that provide a venue for education and discussion. The OS/Interoperability committee publishes an annual OS platform roadmap for the industry.
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Getting the Word Out — Communications & Trade Shows

We are a co-sponsor of the annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the Design and Test Europe (DATE) shows. We participate in other relevant industry trade shows and events to promote our mission and members.

Our communications program delivers frequent blogs, articles, press releases and opinion pieces about the industry. New members and emerging companies have access to a variety of publications for blogs and article placement. Read more

Supporting the Growth of Startup and Small Companies

The Alliance encourages the growth of startup/small companies through:

  • Emerging Companies Committee
  • Mentoring Program

The committee delivers networking and educational events that benefit all member companies. Event topics are often presented as panel discussions to give a broad view of a topic area.

The Alliance manages a group of mentors who have extensive industry experience. These mentors are on call to provide insight and advice across a wide range of needs.Read more

Tracking Industry Growth and Trends

The Alliance publishes a quarterly detailed report on the performance and trends in our industry:

  • Market Statistics Service

Viewed as one of the most comprehensive reports available covering design automation, analysis and IP, the MSS report is available to member companies.

Member companies contribute company-specific data to the report. The data is collected and aggregated by an outside accounting firm prior to protect access to individual company data.
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The Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), a SEMI Strategic Technology Community, an international association of companies providing goods and services throughout the semiconductor design ecosystem, is a forum to address technical, marketing, economic and legislative issues affecting the entire industry. It acts as the central voice to communicate and promote the value of the semiconductor design industry as a vital component of the global electronics industry.