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ARM acquires processor verification firm Obsidian

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition? ARM-based SoCs? processors?

ARM Holdings plc recently announced its purchase of privately held Obsidian Software Inc. Since its establishment in 1997, Obsidian has been serving processor designers with processor verification products, verification consulting and training services.

The amount ARM is paying for Texas-based Obsidian was not disclosed.

"ARM and Obsidian Software have had a long relationship which started with early work on Cortex-A8," said Mike Inglis, general manager and executive vice president of ARM's processor division, in a statement. "The technology and people that will come with this acquisition are a significant addition to our capabilities in maximizing quality and reducing time to market of ARM-based SoCs."

The Obsidian Software validation team will become part of an ARM processor validation team based in Austin, Texas.

Obsidian's best-known product is the Random Architecture Verification Engine, known as RAVEN, a processor verification tool for generating stimuli in standard and custom processor cores.

ARM said it would honor all existing contractual agreements between Obsidian and its customers.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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