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SpringSoft works on global ambition

Posted: 16 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDA solution? Taiwan EDA? merger? IC design?

Sandler: We are consolidating and making SpringSoft a global brand.

Taiwan-based EDA company SpringSoft Inc. has announced the completion of its merger with Nova Software Inc. and the acquisition of four other EDA and channel companies to offer additional specialized EDA solutions that address complex digital, analog, mixed-signal, ASIC, SoC and microprocessor design.

Fortelink Inc. is a developer of hardware-assisted verification technology. Nanovata Design Automation Inc. has developed advanced IC routing technology. Silicon Canvas Inc. is the provider of the Laker line of custom IC design solutions. And Novaflow KK distributes Novas, Silicon Canvas, and Fortelink products in Japan. Novaflow will become SpringSoft KK, and exclusively sell and service the SpringSoft product line in the future.

"SpringSoft is consolidating a network of independent subsidiaries into a single company," according to Scott Sandler, VP of corporate marketing and president of SpringSoft USA. "There are Novas, Silicon Canvas as our brands in the U.S. for many years, but now we are consolidating and making SpringSoft a global brand."

At the same time that SpringSoft is creating a single global channel for all of these products; Sandler said that it is integrating the senior management team to create a global organization with two headquartersone in Taiwan, and another in California.

"We see a tremendous opportunity to create a differentiated EDA supplier focused on addressing the tough spots in IC design with specialized technology and world-class support," said Martin Lu, chairman and CEO of SpringSoft. "The addition of technology components from Fortelink and Nanovata complement our core strengths in verification enhancement and custom IC design."

He added that "our dual-core operation with headquarters in Taiwan and the U.S. uniquely positions SpringSoft to address the fastest growing IC design markets around the globe."

The combined enterprise, which has a $200M market capitalization and more than 400 employees, serves more than 400 customers.

SpringSoft is expanding its scale and product portfolio, and drawing up a new business strategy. Its portfolio now includes the Novas verification enhancement solutions Debussy, Verdi, and Siloti, as well as the Laker custom IC design solutions.

Lu: We see a tremendous opportunity to create a differentiated EDA supplier focused on addressing the tough spots in IC design.

"We will differentiate Springsoft from other EDA companies, with three key factors," Lu said. "First is specialization. Even though we are growing, we will remain focused on our unique innovation technology."

"Our mission is to save engineers' time. We do that by specializing in unique automation technologies and key pain points. We're not a broad-line supplierwe're best in class," Sandler said. SpringSoft will focus on verification enhancement, "which means all the stuff people are doing around simulation," and custom IC design.

"Second is service." Lu continued. "In this category, we have to make sure that we satisfy our customers' need for productivity, quality and good service."

Third, "our approach to globalization is unique. You can say that Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys are global companies because they have presence in every category. However, none of them have headquarters in Asia. We are the only EDA company that has headquarters in Asia and the U.S. We can take advantage of Asia as the region of strongest growth, and Silicon Valley, as the traditional center of energy around this business."

Lu also points out "much of our differentiation is based on our unique innovation technologiesdebug and verification enhancement, our patented behavior analysis, signal analysis technology which cuts down the time and effort of complex designs. In custom IC design, we have the patented M-Cell technology that allows us to create controllable automation for custom IC layout that makes it much easier to get high quality and well-crafted layouts.

According Lu, SpringSoft is developing a new product after this acquisition, but he does not yet disclose details.

The effectiveness of SpringSoft�s products is further optimized by interoperability with the most comprehensive ecosystem of third-party design and verification tools, as well as the company�s commitment to standards such as SystemVerilog, Open Access and the new IPL Alliance for interoperable process design kits.

- EE Times Taiwan

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