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Joe Costello sells Metrics, his latest EDA startup

Joe Costello sells Metrics, his latest EDA startup

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By Nick Flaherty



Joe Costello, a former CEO of Cadence Design Systems, has sold his latest EDA startup, Metrics Design Automation.

Metrics in Canada was founded in 2017 and has developed a digital SystemVerilog and VHDL simulator that is completely free to use on the desktop. The company makes its money by offering a cloud-based version that could scale up on multiple processors to speed up the simulation of complex chip designs, or ‘simulation as a service’. IT had been planning to be the first EDA company to offer a complete RTL-to-GDSII cloud-based design flow and tools on all the major cloud platforms.

Altair plans to combine the Metrics DSim simulator with its Silicon Debug Tools to make high calibre EDA design tools much more affordable and accessible for companies looking to aggressively scale out simulations to accelerate design cycles.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Metrics, which showed Dsim at the Design Automation Conference last week,  has pointed to high licensing costs and designs that may require hundreds and sometimes thousands of seats to run a single chip simulation. The Altair and Metrics tolls can run as a desktop app, on in-house servers or in the cloud and can run very large regressions with the customer paying only for what they use. Dsim supports System Verilog and VHDL RTL for digital circuits targeting application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This allows simulations to run concurrently and at scale, removing massive amounts of time and costs from the traditional design cycle.

“By combining our best-in-class software with Metrics’ cloud-based simulation as a service, we are excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to our EDA and semiconductor customers,” said James Scapa, chief executive officer of Altair which he founded in 1985 in Michigan.

“Altair is unique in our ability to merge simulation with industry-leading workload and workflow optimization technology, serving as a true partner for companies embracing innovative tools and resource delivery models in this highly specialized and high-stakes industry. Customers now have a choice in design verification.”

DSim will be available through the Altair One cloud gateway, where it will also be available for desktop download. 

“We are proud to be first-to-market with our game-changing design verification product and business model for the semiconductor industry,” said Joe Costello, executive chairman, Metrics. “Joining Altair will allow us to grow and provide an alternative option – whether on desktop, on your own servers, or in the cloud – to engineers looking for a flexible, modern, accurate, and fast design verification solution that is truly scalable.”

www.altair.com; www.metrics.ca

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