Synopsys Buys Simpleware

Move extends reach in TCAD simulation.

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Synopsys bought Simpleware, which makes tools for turning 3D images into models that can be used in simulation.

The deal extends Synopsys into a spectrum of new markets, including medical, dental, oil and gas and even food sciences and archaeology. While the company still has a play in computer-aided engineering and design, Simpleware’s 3D imaging data can also be used for 3D printing.

“Simpleware has deep expertise and patented technology in 3D meshing of complex structures, which we expect will improve our capabilities to address complicated and/or large-scale TCAD simulation,” Synopsys said in a statement. “The wide range of applications enabled by the Simpleware technology provide us with the opportunity to nurture and grow new markets beyond our traditional semiconductor segment.”

Specialized simulation is seen as an increasingly attractive field for EDA companies, made possible by a massive increase in processing power, cheap memory and much faster throughput.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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