Synopsys Buys Gold Standard Simulations

Second deal within a week in TCAD arena.


Synopsys has made another quiet acquisition, this time in the TCAD space.

Gold Standard Simulations Ltd. offers a suite of solutions for design technology co-optimization (DTCO), PDK development and exploration and screening of future technology options. Their tool chain integrates predictive Monte Carlo and statistical TCAD simulations, statistical compact model extraction and high sigma statistical circuit simulation using cluster-based technology.

The acquisition of GSS supports the Synopsys TCAD strategy to offer a comprehensive solution to reduce development time and cost for advanced node development by enabling the evaluation and selection of process, device and materials options in the pre-wafer research phases of development.

GSS was founded by Asen Asenov in 2010, based on his extensive research and industrial experience ranging from being the head of the Process and Device Modelling Group in the Institute of Microelectronics, Sofia, Bulgaria; visiting professor at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich, Germany and head of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. At Glasgow, Asenov leads the Device Modelling Group that undertakes the development of 2D and 3D quantum mechanical, Monte Carlo and classical device simulators and their application in the design of advanced, novel CMOS devices.

The terms of the deal, which is not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed.

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  • memister

    Interesting, I still remember their simulation of Intel’s trigate current density.