Friday, December 2, 2011

Agilent signs acquisition agreement with Accelicon

SANTA CLARA & CUPERTINO, USA: Agilent Technologies Inc. and Accelicon Technologies have signed a definitive acquisition agreement. Accelicon, a privately held company, provides device-level modeling and validation software for the electronics industry.

The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in 60 to 90 days. Financial details were not disclosed.

The acquisition, led by Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization, will further enhance Agilent’s leadership in semiconductor device modeling. Accurate, verified device models are critical to reduce R&D design cycles as higher frequencies, smaller technology nodes, new materials and device layouts call for more accurate process design kits. As a result, device modeling continues to be one of the most critical parts of the electronics design flow.

As the electronics industry advances, market-leading companies look for cost and productivity improvements, facing at the same time, greater simulation accuracy challenges due to chip complexity, fabrication constraints and process variations. To help with this, semiconductor foundries are constantly looking for new ways to improve and streamline their design processes and provide standard design kits with accurate models.

“With the addition of Accelicon’s innovative technology and talented team, we look forward to offering our customers an even broader portfolio of solutions to address their modeling needs,” said Mark Pierpont, VP and GM of Agilent’s Software and Modular Solutions Division. “Combining Agilent’s experience in measurement with the modeling expertise of both companies advances our goal of providing design teams with the industry’s most complete flow from device modeling to simulation and measurement.”

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