April 14, 2003
More M&A in EDA
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Here's the press release, somewhat abridged:
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced April 10th that the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire
Get2Chip. Cadence plans to integrate Get2Chip's technology into the Cadence Encounter platform for digital IC
design. Get2Chip says that its patented core technology, called "global focused synthesis," provides "the industry's highest
synthesis capacity and performance" for logic and interconnect structures for nanometer-scale physical design. Both
companies say the Get2Chip technology complements the existing Cadence synthesis solution.
Ray Bingham, President and CEO of Cadence, said: "Major customers have enthusiastically embraced the Get2Chip product. I am
personally delighted to bring such an outstanding technology team into Cadence."
Bernd U. Braune, Get2Chip's Chairman and CEO, said: "Get2Chip has demonstrated the impact of next-generation synthesis
technology on nanometer designs. We have already enabled multiple designs of over 50 million gates with less effort and less
cost. My whole team is excited about the synergy between Get2Chip and Cadence SoC Encounter."
Ping Chao, Cadence Senior Vice President and General Manager, said: "With Get2Chip, Cadence plans to further demonstrate its
unique ability to integrate our own technology with acquired technology from the industry's best and brightest. We continue
to deliver on our commitment to provide customers with the best design solution. Get2Chip's extremely advanced
nanometer-scale synthesis technology will strengthen the Cadence IC Digital design flow. This will go far to address our
customers' demands for a high-end synthesis solution able to meet the challenges of designs at 90 nanometers and below."
Cadence plans to retain most of Get2Chip's employees and will continue to support all of Get2Chip's customers and products.
Cadence comments on the acquisition
Meanwhile, in a brief 10-minute phone call with Penny Herscher, Executive Vice President of Cadence, it's clear that Cadence
and Get2Chip are fully committed to this acquisition - and that everybody on both teams is also committed to staying "on
message" about the when, where, and why of it all.
Herschers' comments in brief:
Q: Have you been busy answering phone calls and requests for interviews?
A: We've been very busy this week talking to customers, investors, and the press. We're getting a very positive
from the customers.
Q: How has Cadence stock reacted to the news?
A: We're in a quiet period. I can't respond to that.
Q: How many employees are there at Get2Chip and how many will be brought over to Cadence?
A: About 50. We'll be bringing in almost all of them.
Q: Is this acquisition intended for Cadence to own the complete flow?
A: Not really. This is a continuation of a strategy that we've been pursuing for a couple of years. We're bringing
technology together to provided a solution for customers to be productive across the whole flow. It's our intention to
acquire young companies in ascendancy with young technology, and to integrate that technology into our tools.
Q: Does this acquisition disrupt other synthesis initiatives at Cadence?
A: No. We see the Get2Chip technology as complementary to our other initiatives. The Get2Chip technology is aimed
high-end, power users.
Q: Does the Get2Chip acquisition intend to present direct, head-on competition to Synopsys as has been the
for several years?
A: Our focus is not on competition. Our focus is on making our customers successful. This acquisition will improve
for our customers.
Q: Is the industry anxious to have an alternative synthesis tool provider?
A: Customers always welcome alternatives, in general. But customers always want the best technology.
Q: Why now for the Get2Chip acquisition? Why not 6 months ago or 6 months from now?
A: This was the right time for the acquisition as it fits in with the current momentum for the [Cadence] Encounter
Q: How long has this acquisition been in the works?
A: [A resounding chuckle]
Q: How will the Get2Chip team be utilized at Cadence?
A: Get2Chip President Chi-Ping Hsu will manage all synthesis initiatives at Cadence. Get2ChipChairman and CEO
will report directly to Ray Bingham as advisor to get the team integrated in. Vice President of Marketing Steve Carlson will
stay with Chi-Ping Hsu.
Q: Does Cadence have internal, proprietary procedures for smoothing the acquisition process?
A: We do indeed have documentation to guide us through incorporating a new technology into our
of our core competency.
Q: Who will be buying the drinks next week when the deal is finalized?
A: Cadence will be buying the champagne.
Industry News - Tools & IP
Analog Design Automation, Inc. (ADA) announced that it has licensed SpaceCruiser client/server software from
Inc. The companies say that the SpaceCruiser software "gives ADA the ability to offer real-time desktop sharing via a
and secure Web link."
Aptix Corp. introduced its Flexible Prototyping Modules (FPM) with Xilinx XC2V8000 Virtex-II Platform FPGAs for use
company's System Explorer and Software Integration Station systems. The company says that the FPMs enhance the system-level
modeling capability of the Aptix platform and that developers can now use the I/O and IP capabilities, "as well as the
higher speed and greater gate capacity of the Virtex-II Platform FPGAs from Xilinx." An FPM contains one or two Xilinx
XC2V6000 or XC2V8000 Virtex-II FPGA ICs, and up to ten of the modules can be plugged directly into the Aptix System Explorer
and/or Software Integration Station, to yield a maximum of 10+ million ASIC gates when using the dual-density XC2V8000
configuration. The FPMs are also compatible with Aptix systems software.
Camstar announced a new release of InSite, software to improve data integration, manufacturing "responsiveness" and
services. InSite 3.2 extends the use of XML as a native transport format to include industry-standard Web services
interfaces. These interfaces allow manufacturing and performance data to flow in real-time between InSite and other
enterprise applications without the development of proprietary application links.
Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE) announced that it has raised $3.2 million in Series A Funding. The
the funding will be used as working capital to build its R&D team, as well as for further expansion of worldwide marketing,
sales and support structures. Investors, who each contributed one third of the funding, include 3i, Credit Lyonnais Private
Equity (the Private Equity asset management company of the French bank Credit Lyonnais), and Siparex, an independent French
Esterel Technologies announced that its SCADE Suite is being used by Airbus' Flying Command Specification and
group to design and verify the Airbus A380 flying commands. The company says that Airbus will also use SCADE to develop
other electronic systems on the aircraft, including the braking and steering, cockpit display, flight warning, engine
control, and air control systems. SCADE is a software product used to create a formal specification from which the user can
automatically generate embeddable software code.
Giga Solution, Mentor Graphics Corp., and UMC announced the immediate availability of RF and mixed-mode
foundry design kits
(FDKs) for UMC's 0.18-micron process technology. The companies say the FDKs are a result of a three-way collaboration. Giga
Solution has integrated its RF silicon measurement result and component library into Mentor's EDA flow for SoC designs. The
component library includes scalable models with layout.
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced that it has validated its design flow and is among the first "solution
be awarded IBM's "Ready For IBM Technology" mark for IBM's 0.13-micron process technologies. The companies says that common
customers have used the Magma-IBM design flow to tape out chips from 8 million gates to 12 million gates, and that three
more designs are preparing to tape out with IBM's 0.13-micron and 0.18-micron CMOS technologies. Magma has qualified
libraries and technology files for IBM's 0.13-micron CMOS technologies and has integrated them into Magma's RTL-to-GDSII
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