The Week In Review: Design

Acquisitions Rambus acquired Inphi Corporation's Memory Interconnect Business, along with all its assets. Rambus CEO Ron Black seeks the $90 million cash deal boosting the company's position in the server, networking and data center market. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016. Numbers EDA and IP revenue increased 4.5% in Q1, a significant increase given the s... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mergers & Acquisitions Cadence acquired [getentity id="22444" comment="Rocketick"], an Israel-based company focused on multicore parallel simulation. Founded in 2008, their original rise and claim to fame was acceleration on GPUs, having received significant funding from Nvidia. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, and terms were not disclosed. Tools &am... » read more

Consolidation’s Aftermath

The recent spate of industry consolidation continues to have repercussions across the semiconductor industry. Some of those effects will subside once the deals are either approved or nixed by regulatory agencies. Others will raise questions for months or years to come. Consolidation is not a new trend in the semiconductor industry, but the pace and size of the acquisitions in the past year a... » read more

Mentor Buys Remainder Of Calypto

Back in 2002, a small startup company decided to tackle one of the most difficult problems in EDA—one that, if solved, could have opened up a whole new level of abstraction. Back when [getkc id="29" kc_name="logic synthesis"] was the new tool to try out, it suffered from the fact that gate-level [getkc id="11" kc_name="simulation"] had to be performed on the output, even if the input had been... » read more

Challenges And Opportunities for China in the Semiconductor Industry

By Allen Lu China’s new industry investment and government promotion policies represent major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies. The global industry is closely watching the details of the policy and its implementation ─ both because of the resources China’s government has dedicated and the potential impact to the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain. I... » read more

Executive Insight: Aart de Geus

Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about acquisitions, software and EDA. What follows are excerpts of that interview, which was conducted in front of a live audience at DAC. SE: A lot of Synopsys' investments are moving in a new direction, namely software. Why is that becoming so important to your company? De Geus: It's not a dif... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Acquisitions Synopsys acquired all low power wireless IP assets of Silicon Vision. The Egyptian company, which provided Bluetooth Smart, ISM Radio, Zigbee Radio, and Z-wave IP, is now working exclusively with Synopsys. The acquisition expands Synopsys' portfolio of IP for the Internet of Things, which includes security IP recently obtained through the acquisition of Elliptic Technologies. ... » read more

New Directions For EDA

DAC is over and everyone is asking – what was the theme this year? It is sometimes difficult to make such a determination because quite often the theme has been there for some time, but suddenly appears more obvious than it did in the past. Some years it is a new product or class of products. The theme also can remain hidden, or disguised. As an example, people have been talking about the ... » read more

Synopsys-Coverity Deal Final

Synopsys’ acquisition of Coverity, which makes tools for testing and analyzing software, was made official yesterday. Now what? That may be the $334 million question, which is the price Synopsys paid for the 11-year-old software tools vendor. Even Synopsys’ top executives are rather candid in their uncertainty about where this deal will lead, and they made no qualms about that at the Syn... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Synopsys inked a deal to acquire Coverity, a San Francisco-based security startup that builds tools to test source code for defects and security risks, for $375 million. The purchase price is $350 million plus another $25 million in debt. The deal is expected to close in Synopsys’ fiscal Q2. The company announced its financial results for fiscal Q1 ended Jan. 31, as well. Revenue was $479.0 m... » read more

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