Numbers Support Downturn – for now
The numbers don’t look great for cummulative Dec’08 chip design investigations – precusors to actual chip design starts in the next 6 to 9 months (see chart). The actual numbers have decrease and the rolling average is definitely sloping down, which means a tendanace to continue the decline into next month.
I encourage you to note that December and January are typically “down” times for the architecturing of new chip products. The trend to watch closely is the rolling average for the Jan09 data, which I’ll publish once available.