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Mentor Graphics acquires Sierra Design

Posted: 13 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition  45nm process  route solutions 

Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the acquisition of Sierra Design Automation, a provider of high-performance place and route solutions, for Rs.367.80 crore ($90 million).

Sierra's flagship Olympus-SoC product delivers innovative technologies for 65- and 45nm processes. It provides the next-generation place and route system that concurrently addresses variations in lithography, process corners and design modes. Mentor Graphics will continue to sell and support Sierra's products through its global sales and support organisations.

"Combining Mentor's design-for-manufacturing (DFM) capabilities with Sierra's proven variability and lithography-driven place and route solution gives our customers the edge they need to achieve rapid design closure with high yield," said Pravin Madhani, president and CEO, Sierra. "At 65- and 45nm, discontinuities such as process variation, design size, low power and DFM are creating a major disruption in physical design."

Daniel Yang, Taiwan Managing Director, PacRim, Mentor Graphics said, ?India will be benefited from the best-of-breed Design-to-Fab high-performance Place and Route solutions directly. With the pressure of Time-to-Market and resolution of large SoC design in design houses, this will stimulate the growth of EDA market as well as Mentor's revenue in India?

"Our customers are telling us that they need a design-to-fab flow capable of handling dozens of process corners and multiple modes, all while addressing manufacturability challenges to achieve manufacturing closure of their designs," said Walden Rhines, CEO and chairman, Mentor. "Mentor's and Sierra's leadership in these areas make us a natural fit. The acquisition of Sierra expands Mentor's leadership in DFM, and provides the integration that customers need between physical design, and back-end verification and yield-enhancement."

-Dipti Agarwal
  EE Times India

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