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TSMC invests $65M in EDA startup

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TSMC? Google? lithography? CMOS? FinFET?

According to a Digitimes report that referenced a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange as its source, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd has revealed that it plans to invest about $65 million in EDA startup Tela Innovations Inc. The investment is being made through TSMC partners.

Tela was founded in 2005 and provides software that helps with advanced scaling and lithography optimisation. The company acquired Blaze DFM and entered into a strategic partnership with TSMC in 2009 and produced a variety of design solutions for system chip companies and their foundries including cell libraries, design services and software for computational lithography aimed at 28nm, 20nm CMOS and FinFET technologies.

Tela has been backed by strategic investors and venture capital firms that include Intel Capital, Cadence, KT Venture Group LLC (the investment partner of KLA-Tencor) and Qualcomm.

In June 2014, Tela announced that it had resolved patent infringement disputes with Google and Pantech of Korea.

Motorola Mobility, subsequently acquired by Google, and Pantech had both been cited in named as respondents in an investigation instituted in March 2013 by the United States International Trade Commission as a result of a complaint filed by Tela.

The terms of the settlements were not disclosed but in the case of Google it also included a cross-licensing agreement. It was not revealed whether Google paid money to Tela or how much.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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