Catching up on some of the news from the last four weeks or so, Intel stands out with its late-July and mid-August announcements which we will briefly recall below – along with several more news from various areas. But first, a quick update on the Nvidia-Arm deal: according to the UK Government’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), this acquisition would “lead to a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition”. Another quick update about GlobalFoundries, which – according to Reuters – has filed confidentially with U.S regulators for an initial public offering (IPO) in New York.
EDA updates: Cadence, Motivo, Avishtech
Anirudh Devgan to become Cadence CEO. Current Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan will transition to the role of executive chairman on December 15, 2021, with President Anirudh Devgan assuming the role of president and CEO at that time. Devgan has also joined the Cadence Board of Directors.
AI-enabled EDA tools developer Motivo raises $12 million financing. The Series A financing round is led by Intel Capital and follows earlier seed rounds of $8 million. Motivo’s technologies accelerate chip design utilizing a “learning-on-graph” methodology for automated data-driven feature extraction. According to the company, Motivo’s M-Graph and other explainable AI technologies can be applied across the entire design flow, from RTL code to layout geometries. With this approach, Motivo aims to compress the design-to-manufacturing process from years to months.