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OneSpin deal leads flurry of EDA acquisitions

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By Nick Flaherty


All three major EDA companies announced acquisitions on the same day, led by Siemens buying Munich-based verification tool developer OneSpin Solutions.

Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired OneSpin from London-based Azini Capital. OneSpin has developed a strong, fast-growing business by providing a broad portfolio of formal applications, or apps, for assuring IC designs operate as intended under the most adverse environmental conditions across key growth markets.

These automated apps are increasingly critical to successful formal verification flows. Formal apps complement traditional formal techniques and help democratize formal verification processes by automating and dramatically streamlining common verification tasks.

“With the addition of OneSpin Solutions, we can now offer our customers industry-leading know-how, exceptional products and a broad portfolio of automated formal apps for key use-cases, including trust and security, safety, RISC-V and FPGA applications,” said Ravi Subramanian, senior vice president, IC Verification at Siemens Digital Industries Software.

“The unique combination of Siemens’ existing formal products, together with OneSpin Solutions’ domain expertise, outstanding app portfolio and ‘apps-first’ mindset, can enable Siemens to provide customers with increased efficiency and confidence across the complete verification platform (simulation, formal, emulation and prototyping), leading to faster verification, automation and debug.”

“OneSpin Solutions has been dedicated to solving the most difficult verification challenges to assure IC integrity. Our unique technology and focus have fueled our record growth across a number of domains including 5G, automotive, datacentre, IoT, and aerospace/defense,” said Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO at OneSpin Solutions. “Being part of Siemens will allow us to accelerate technology development and deliver our much-needed solutions to a broader user base with the goal of becoming the market’s leading formal verification provider.”

Siemens plans to add OneSpin Solutions technology to the Xcelerator portfolio as part of its EDA IC verification offerings. This would compete directly with the JasperGold from Cadence Design Systems.

Next: Cadence buys PointWise


Cadence also announced it has acquired Pointwise, which develops a tool for mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This broadens its system analysis portfolio alongside the recent acquisition of CFD technology with Numeca in Belgium.

The Pointwise mesh generation technology reads data from all of the leading CAD formats and exports data to over 40 CAE formats for CFD pre-processing and will work with the Cadence Clarity 3D Solver for electromagnetic (EM) simulation, the Clarity 3D Transient Solver for finite difference time domain (FDTD) system-level EM simulation and the Celsius Thermal Solver for electrothermal co-simulation.

“Cadence’s computational software expertise and expanding multiphysics portfolio are accelerating digital wind tunnel experimentation for the aerospace industry,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “The acquisition of Pointwise’s proven CFD meshing technology catapults Cadence into a leadership position by addressing critical complexities in the analysis workflow, giving engineering teams rapid insight, predictability and high accuracy of their system design well before physical production.”

“Pointwise is dedicated to delivering industry-leading mesh generation capabilities,” said John Chawner, president of Pointwise. “We are very excited to enhance Cadence’s CFD strategy with our deep meshing expertise and talented team. The combined technologies of Cadence, NUMECA and Pointwise significantly expand Cadence’s CFD and electromechanical analysis solutions, customer base and engineering talent.”

Next: Synopsys buys MoreThanIP 


Synopsys is also to acquire MorethanIP, a US provider of Ethernet Digital Controller IP supporting data rates from 10G to 800G. This completes the Synopsys range of IP for 200G/400G and 800G networking in high performance computing chip designs.

The MAC and PCS for 200G/400G and 800G Ethernet blocks will be added to the Synopsys DesignWare Ethernet Controller IP for networking, AI, and cloud computing chips alongside the current 112G Ethernet PHY IP. The deal also adds a team of R&D engineers with extensive experience with high-speed Ethernet specifications.

“Hyperscale cloud data centres continue to evolve due to tremendous Internet traffic growth, driving the need for high-speed interfaces to optimize data processing, networking, and storage in the cloud,” said Joachim Kunkel, general manager of the Solutions Group at Synopsys. “The acquisition of MorethanIP enables us to build on our leading Ethernet IP portfolio and provide a complete controller and PHY Ethernet IP solution that addresses the performance and latency requirements of 200G/400G/800G cloud computing designs, while allowing customers to comprehensively meet their needs for high-quality IP solutions from a single, trusted supplier.”

The terms of the deal, which is not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed and is currently expected to close in May 2021.

The terms of the Pointwise transaction were not disclosed and the acquisition is expected to be immaterial to revenue and earnings this year.

The OneSpin deal is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar year 2021. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

www.synopsys.com/designware; www.siemens.com; www.cadence.com

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