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Siemens purchases Avatar in a bid to expand its EDA footprint


Siemens, a Germany-based automation company, has reportedly signed an agreement for the acquisition of US-based Avatar Integrated Systems Inc., a renowned software company in the EDA industry. Siemens is planning to add the technology of Avatar to the Xcelerator portfolio as part of integrated circuit (IC) suite of software of Mentor, leveraging the growing popularity of place and route technology.

Avatar would be incorporated with the current industry-leading products from Siemens Business namely Mentor, which includes the Catapult™ HLS software, Tessent™ software, and Calibre® platform for helping customers in developing solutions addressing today’s as well as tomorrow’s design execution challenges.

Joseph Sawicki, executive Vice President at Mentor IC Electronic Design Automation, Siemens Digital Industries Software, stated that the innovative software architecture of Avatar and status for ease of use, would help customers in overcoming this difficulty with progressive node place and route competence.

Sawicki further stated that the Avatar solution, supported by Siemens’ investment would offer customers much shorter time in designing closure with improved PPA results than current competitive offerings.

At 7nm and below, thorough routing needs to be considered during placement. Avatar established a comprehensive route-centric architecture which has been built bottom-up on a combined in-memory data model, intended to empower all engines to get full design data and attributes at whatever time. This enables all engines to vigorously invoke other engines gradually.

Ping San Tzeng, CTO, Avatar Integrated Systems, stated that the approach of Avatar could lead to exceptional correlation across all the phases of place and route, with enhanced PPA results. Being a part of Siemens, the company could further grow this approach, quicken research & development, as well as increase market share by utilizing a large pool of resources.

The acquisition of Avatar is anticipated to close in the 2nd half of current year 2020. Terms of the deal are yet not disclosed.

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