PLANO, TX – Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire Avatar Integrated Systems, a developer of place-and-route software for IC design.
Siemens plans to add Avatar's technology to the Xcelerator portfolio as part of Mentor's IC suite of software. Avatar will be integrated with existing products from Mentor, a Siemens Business, including the Calibre platform, Tessent software, and Catapult HLS software.
"Customers are accelerating their move to advanced process nodes. Navigating the increasing complexity is a crucial challenge," said Joseph Sawicki, executive VP, Mentor IC EDA, Siemens Digital Industries Software. "Avatar's innovative software architecture, as well as a reputation for ease of use, helps customers overcome this complexity with advanced node place-and-route capability. The Avatar solution, backed by Siemens' investment, will offer customers shorter time to design closure with better PPA results than existing competitive offerings. We welcome the Avatar team and community to Siemens."
"Avatar's approach can lead to excellent correlation through all phases of place and route, with improved PPA results," said Ping San Tzeng, CTO, Avatar Integrated Systems. "As a part of Siemens, Avatar can further develop this approach, accelerate R&D, and grow market share by leveraging a much larger pool of resources. We are proud of our technical achievements and well-known record for excellent customer support and look forward to enhancing these strengths as part of Siemens."
Avatar's products are built on technologies acquired from ATopTech in 2017. The product line includes Aprisa, a netlist-to-GDS full-function block-level physical implementation tool, and Apogee, a top-level prototyping, floor-planning and chip assembly tool.
Siemens' acquisition of Avatar is expected to close in the second half of 2020. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.