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Cadence moves into digital twins with acquisition

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By Nick Flaherty


Cadence Design Systems is to acquire Future Facilities, a provider of electronics cooling analysis and energy performance optimization solutions for data centre design and operations using physics-based 3D digital twins.

Future Facilities has an electronics thermal analysis tool that works alongside Cadence’s Celsius Thermal Solver, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electronics cooling simulation technology that optimizes the performance and cooling efficiency of power-hungry data centres.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The technology virtualizes the data centre ecosystem, creating a 3D digital twin that allows operators to predict, visualize and quantify the impact of any change in the data centre prior to implementation and during operations. The tools are used by hyperscale, enterprise data centre, managed services and colocation providers, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Digital Realty, Equinix and Kao Data.

Data centre design and operation involves a complex supply chain from design of efficient domain-specific chips to PCBs to the chillers for cooling. By integrating CFD techniques with a wide range of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) tools and power and cooling modules, Future Facilities simulates the impact of changes in servers on physical capacity, power infrastructure and cooling. This increases uptime and capacity utilization by predicting hotspots before they occur. The solution also improves data centre power usage effectiveness (PUE) by eliminating redundant power consumption.

“The global data centre market is driving the digital world and is immense with investments upwards of $200 billion a year,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “The acquisition of Future Facilities boosts our Fidelity CFD solution with digital twin solutions, including electronics cooling and energy management that helps businesses maximize capacity, improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate critical infrastructure risk.”

Future Facilities’ 6Sigma Digital Twin simulation and optimization platform lets customers model and analyze the performance of data centres by closely monitoring airflow, heat transfer, cooling, power and capacity. The CFD simulations predict cost profiles and capacity and model improvement options. The addition of Future Facilities’ experienced team and proven technologies enables Cadence to provide comprehensive chip, package, PCB and system data center solutions that deliver efficiency gains and power savings and minimize downtime.

“Using advanced CFD brings tremendous benefits when analyzing thermal efficiencies in the data center,” said Hassan Moezzi, founder and CEO of Future Facilities. “We are excited to join the Cadence team and look forward to combining our data centre and electronics technology solutions with Cadence’s expertise in Intelligent System Design to further advance performance, sustainability and energy efficiency from chip design to all elements of the data centre right up to the chillers that are critical components in data centre design and operations.”

www.futurefacilities.com; www.cadence.com

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