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Magma buys IC verification startup Mojave

Posted: 27 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:dfm? ic verification? magma design automation? eda?

Moving aggressively into the design for manufacturability (DFM) market, Magma Design Automation announced Tuesday (February 24, 2004) that it will acquire Mojave Design, a much-awaited startup launched by former Avanti Corp. executives. Magma will use Mojave's physical verification technology to bring DFM analysis into its RTL-to-GDSII implementation flow.

The fact that Magma is willing to pay up to $140 million for a ten-person startup with no products, or prior public announcements, indicates strong confidence in Mojave's technology. But Mojave is no ordinary EDA startup, given the makeup of its founding team. The company is headed by Vivek Raghavan, CEO, who was formerly in charge of Avanti's Astro placement and routing system.

Other Mojave founders and technologists include John Lee, former R&D director for Avanti's simulation and analysis products, and Murat Alaybeyi, architect of the StarRC-XT product. Mojave claims to have developed new IC physical verification technology for 90- and 65nm designs that can be integrated into the IC design flow.

-Richard Goering

EE Times

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