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Synopsys acquires photonics design tool company

Posted: 10 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photonics design? EDA? optical solutions?

EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. has revealed that it completed the acquisition of RSoft Design Group Inc., a provider of photonics design and simulation software. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Synopsys, the combination of its imaging and illumination design products and RSoft's products would extends the company's platform to provide a more complete set of optical solutions to current customers and support new technologies, applications and markets as they emerge. Synopsys said the acquisition was a "natural extension" of its entry into the optics market that began with its 2010 acquisition of Optical Research Associates.

"Synopsys' strategy is two-fold: continued leadership in EDA while expanding our total addressable market into adjacent technologies, including optical design," said Howard Ko, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' silicon engineering group, in a statement.

Ko added the addition of RSoft's products would expand Synopsys' product line in both the optical and adjacent photonic markets.

"RSoft's products also complement our TCAD Sentaurus portfolio by providing a number of capabilities that allow us to extend our offering into other photonic areas such as optical waveguide modeling," Ko said. "This and many other capabilities will create strong synergies with Synopsys technology that will help us enable new opportunities with key customers."

RSoft was founded in 1990 and markets a component design suite, a system simulation tool and a network modeling tool.

RSoft's software is used to design and optimize optical telecommunications components, as well as in the design and simulation of complete optical telecommunication systems and networks. In semiconductor manufacturing, RSoft's software is used to design and optimize nanolithography components to enable faster and lower-power processors. RSoft's software can also be used to model nano-scale optical structures that enhance the light extraction efficiency of applications such as LED structures, displays and solar cells, as well as enable increased optical data storage capacity, Synopsys said.

- Dylan McGrath
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