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Mentor, A Siemens Business

A broad line EDA supplier.
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Mentor, a Siemens Business, is a broad line EDA supplier. It provides a complete semiconductor design flow that includes simulation, emulation, place and route, verification, design for manufacturing, and test. It also develops tools for wire harness systems and computational fluid dynamics. It serves a wide variety of markets ranging from communications, consumer electronics, semiconductors, networking, multimedia, mil/aero and transportation.

System and software revenues are derived primarily from term software license contracts, typically lasting three to four years. Enterprise-wide license revenues, which account for 50% or more of the company’s system and software revenue, are the major reason for fluctuations in revenue. Ten accounts are responsible for about 50% of the company’s receivables.

Mentor was the third largest of the Big Three EDA vendors by revenue, behind Synopsys and Cadence, but its acquisition by Siemens in 2017 has made it part of one of the world’s largest multinational companies. The combined company ranked 70th on Fortune’s list of Global500 companies.

HQ: Wilsonville, OR, USA
Known for: EDA tools for developing integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, FPGAs, embedded software, wire harness systems and computers.
Founded by: Gerald H. Langeler, Tom Bruggere and Dave Moffenbeier in 1981.

Invention: AVM in 2006

Founded:

  • Cre8 Ventures in 2005
  • SPIRIT Consortium in 2003
  • Frontier Design in 1997
  • Antares in 1995; Model Technology and Exemplar Logic subsidiaries were combined to form Antares.

Acquisitions:

  • Galaxy Semiconductor in 2016.
  • Calypto Design Systems Inc. in 2015.
  • Tanner EDA in 2015.
  • Flexras Technologies SAS in 2015; terms were not disclosed.
  • Nimbic Inc. in 2014.
  • Berkeley Design Automation Inc. in 2014.
  • Oasys Design Systems Inc. in 2013.
  • Axiom Design Automation in 2013.
  • Tektronix debug IP in 2013; assets originally from Veridae.
  • Novelics in 2011.
  • Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. in 2011.
  • Zeland Software Inc. in 2010.
  • Freescale Virtual Garage in 2010.
  • Pyxis Technology in 2010.
  • Pextra Corp. in 2009.
  • LogicVision Inc. in 2009 for $14.3M.
  • Agility Design Solutions’ ESL assets in 2009.
  • Ponte Solutions Inc. in 2008 for $5.687M.
  • Dynamic Soft analysis Inc. in 2007 for $838,000.
  • Sierra Design Automation in 2007 for $90M.
  • Next Device Limited in 2006 for $2.598M.
  • SpiraTech Limited in 2006 for $8.601M.
  • Summit Design (new) in 2006 for $9.529M.
  • EverCAD Corporation in 2006 for $5.288M.
  • Router Soutions, Inc. in 2006 for $4.74M.
  • Volcano Communications Technologies AB in 2005 for $23.155M.
  • Accelerated Technology (UK) Ltd. in 2005 for $905,000.
  • Lighthouse Design Automation Inc. in 2005.
  • VeSys Limited in 2004.
  • 0-In Design Automation Inc. in 2004 for $52.319M.
  • First Earth Ltd. in 2003.
  • Translogic Polska sp z o.o. in 2003.
  • DDE-EDA A/S in 2003.
  • Innoveda, Inc. in 2002 for $182.059M.
  • Speedgate Inc. in 2000 for $1.3M.
  • Escalade Corp. in 2000 for $3.785M cash.
  • CADIX’s ECAD Division in 2000 for $22M.
  • Harness Software Group in 2000 for $21.266M in cash.
  • Descon InformationsSysteme GmbH in 2000.
  • Veribest in 1999 for $19.1M.
  • CLK Computer-Aided Design Inc. in 1998.
  • OPC Technology in 1998.
  • CAE Technology Inc. in 1996.
  • Royal Digital Centers, Inc. in 1996 for $4.68M.
  • Interconnectix Inc. in 1996 for $32.2M.
  • SETO Software GmbH in 1996 for $3.495M.
  • CoSoft Ltd. in 1996.
  • Antares in 1996.
  • Zeelan technology in 1996.
  • dQdt Inc. in 1996 for $2.303M.
  • Exemplar Logic Inc. in 1995 for $25M.
  • Precedence Inc. in 1995.
  • Axiom Daterer Skandinavien AB in 1995.
  • Integrity Engineering, Inc. in 1994.
  • Model Technology Inc. in 1994 for $36M.
  • Anacad Electrical Engineering Software GmbH in 1994.
  • CheckLogic Systems Inc. in 1993.
  • Silicon Compiler Systems Corp. in 1990 for $100M in stock.
  • Context Corp. in 1990.
  • Descartes Automation Systems in 1989 for $12M.
  • Performance CAD in 1989.
  • Trimeter Technologies’ assets in 1989 for $3.4M.
  • Tektronix CAE and CASE Divisions in 1988 for $5M.
  • Contour Design Systems Inc. in 1988.
  • Synergy DataWorks in 1984.
  • California Design Automation Inc. in 1983.

Subsidiaries:

  • Mentor Mechanical Analysis Division became a unit of Mentor Graphics in 2008.
  • Catapult C Product Division became a unit of Mentor in 2004.
  • Mentor physical libraries became a unit of Mentor in 1999.
  • Mentor Emulation Division became a unit of Mentor in 1996.
  • Inventra became a unit of Mentor in 1996.
  • Mentor Embedded Systems Division became a unit of Mentor in 1996.
  • European Design Center became a unit of Mentor in 1990. It was obtained through the acquisition of SCS, which got it from Silvar-Lisco.
  • Type: Company

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