Mentor Graphics acquires Berkeley Design Automation

March 24, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Mentor Graphics has added to its capabilities in nanometre-scale analogue and mixed-signal IC design verification by buying up Berkeley Design Automation (BDA).

BDA focusses on nanometre circuit design with its Analog FastSPICE unified verification platform and “vertical-application expertise”. The acquisition of BDA is presented as part of Mentor’s drive into technologies for the growing challenges of Analog/Mixed-Signal (AMS) verification.

According to Robert Hum, vice president and general manager, DSM division at Mentor, “When complex analogue and mixed-signal circuits are designed for nanometre geometries, the verification tools must have the capacity, capability and performance to enable designers to predictably and reliably solve increasingly tough verification problems. Joining forces with BDA gives our mutual customers the most advanced tools that deal with the growing number of nanometre-scale physical effects that design teams are facing. The BDA AFS Platform combined with Mentor’s AMS verification tools creates the industry’s most powerful portfolio of solutions for addressing nanometre circuit verification challenges.”

Berkeley Design Automation; www.berkeley-da.com

Mentor Graphics; www.mentor.com