Mentor buys Berkeley DA after Cadence lawsuit

March 24, 2014 // By Peter Clarke
EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. has acquired Berkeley Design Automation Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a vendor of software for analog, mixed-signal and RF circuit verification, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal comes shortly after the conclusion of a legal battle between Berkeley DA and Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). Cadence filed suit against Berkeley in April 2013 alleging that Berkeley DA had integrated its analog Spice nanometer circuit verification platform with Cadence's Virtuoso Analog Design Environment in a manner that avoided the use of Cadence's Oasis integration product and that Cadence claimed was in breach of contract agreements and copyright.

Berkeley DA settled with Cadence in January 2014 and signed a multi-year agreement to support interoperability between BDA's Analog FastSPICE simulator and Virtuoso through the Oasis interface. Berkeley DA also agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to Cadence.

Berkeley DA was founded in 2001 by Amit Mehotra and Amit Narayan and built up a strong position for its Analog FastSPICE product but needed to interface to leading design environments from market leaders such as Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys.

"BDA has built an outstanding reputation helping nanometer-scale analog, mixed-signal, and RF design teams rigorously verify and characterize leading-edge circuits," said Ravi Subramanian, president and CEO of Berkeley Design Automation, in a statement issued by Mentor. "With Mentor's outstanding market reach and our combined technology portfolio, we look forward to providing world-class solutions to the entire AMS design community."

"The BDA AFS Platform combined with Mentor's proven AMS verification tools, Eldo Classic, Eldo Premier, ADit and our leading AMS verification platform, Questa ADMS, creates the industry's most powerful portfolio of solutions for addressing nanometer circuit verification challenges," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of the DSM division at Mentor, in the same statement.

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