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Sigrity acquires Synopsys' Encore technology

Posted: 09 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dylan McGrath? Signal integrity tool? Sigrity? IC package? Synopsys?

Signal integrity tool provider Sigrity Inc. disclosed early this week (Feb. 7) that it has acquired single and multi-chip IC package design technology from Synopsys Inc., including the technology within the Encore design and analysis tool. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

According to Sigrity, the acquisition also includes assets used by the Encore product team located in Rochester, N.Y. Encore product team members in technical marketing, R&D and customer support joined Sigrity as part of this acquisition.

Sigrity said its package physical design product, including technologies embodied in Encore and incorporated with Sigrity's electrical analysis functionalities, will be marketed later this quarter with a product name other than Encore. Pricing information is not yet available, the company said.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer our customers the market-proven technologies of the Encore product line and bring the highly experienced Encore product team members onboard," said Jiayuan Fang, Sigrity president, in a statement. "The combination of the Encore technologies and Sigrity package design and analysis products, in addition to our expertise in package tool development and support, provide our customers optimum capability for handling the most challenging physical design and analysis issuesensuring the integrity of their overall package designs."

The Encore product line, introduced in the mid-1990s by Xynetix Design Systems, is considered to be the first EDA tool developed specifically for physical design of advanced IC packages. In 1999 Xynetix was acquired by Avanti, which subsequently was acquired by Synopsys in 2002.

"We've been pleased with the collaborations with Sigrity, and we are looking forward to working together to serve our common customers," said Antun Domic, SVP and GM of the implementation group at Synopsys. "Synopsys will continue to maintain its full obligations to its existing customers."

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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