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Synopsys acquires parametric analysis firm

Posted: 11 Oct 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:timing analysis? smart electronics? mobile device?

Synopsys Inc. has acquired Extreme DA Corp. for an undisclosed amount in an agreement that closed Oct. 6. Extreme DA has been developing tools and technologies that aim to improve performance, power consumption and yield. Initially a private company, it was funded by Lanzatech Ventures and received second round funding in 2007.

Parametric analysis becomes more essential as implementation geometries get smaller and variations-aware analysis is necessary to ensure yields remain in the area where one can make profits. Systematic or deterministic variations can be attributed to a single governing principle, and are usually dependent on die position and surrounding components. Random variations, such as dopant fluctuations, are statistical in nature.

"Synopsys is committed to helping designers of next-generation ICs meet the productivity and performance challenges created by the demand for smart electronics and mobile devices," according to Antun Domic, senior VP at Synopsys. "The combination of Synopsys and Extreme DA's technological capabilities and team expertise will help enable Synopsys to deliver best-in-class tools that address the scalability, convergence and throughput needs of our customers' massive designs."

"We believe our customers will be pleased with this combination as it brings together the best of each of our respective product lines for the continued advancement of critical timing analysis capability in an era of exploding design complexity," noted Mustafa Celik, CEO, Extreme DA."

- Brian Bailey
??EE Times

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