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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire Santa Clara, CA-based Avatar Integrated Systems Inc. 

Avatar helps engineers optimize power, performance, and area (PPA) for complex chips with fewer resources. Siemens plans to add Avatar’s technology to the Xcelerator portfolio as part of Mentor’s IC suite of software, capitalizing on the growing segment of place and route.

Avatar will be integrated with existing market-leading products from Mentor, a Siemens Business, including the Calibre platform, Tessent software, and Catapult HLS software, to help customers develop solutions that address today’s and tomorrow’s design implementation challenges.

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Commenting on the development, Siemens Digital Industries Software Mentor IC EDA Executive Vice President Joseph Sawicki says customers are accelerating their move to advanced process nodes.

“Navigating the increasing complexity is a crucial challenge. 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,” said Simens Digital Industries Software Mentor IC EDA Executive Vice President Joseph Sawicki.

At 7nm and below, detailed routing must be considered during placement. Avatar pioneered a detailed-route-centric architecture that has been built bottom-up on a unified in-memory data model, designed to enable all engines to access full design data and attributes at any time.

This empowers each engine (placement, routing, timing, optimization, clock tree synthesis, etc.) to dynamically invoke other engines incrementally.

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