Altair and Metrics collaborate to redefine semiconductor design verification – ET Auto

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Altair and Metrics collaborate to redefine semiconductor design verification – ET Auto


The collaborative solution from Altair and Metrics is poised to redefine the landscape of semiconductor design verification by leveraging cloud-based technologies and cost-efficient, scalable simulation tools.

Altair has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Metrics Design Automation Inc., a Canadian company known for its simulation as a service (SaaS) business model for semiconductor electronic functional simulation and design verification. Subject to customary closing conditions, this acquisition aims to combine Altair’s Silicon Debug Tools with Metrics’ digital simulator, DSim, to enhance simulation and design verification capabilities in the electronics design automation (EDA) and semiconductor sectors.Metrics’ DSim, when integrated with Altair’s tools, will offer an advanced simulation environment featuring superior simulation and debug capabilities. This synergy promises a transformative impact on the semiconductor industry by making high-quality EDA design tools more affordable and accessible, particularly for companies seeking to scale up simulations to accelerate their design cycles.

Typically, integrated circuit (IC) design verification is costly and may require numerous licenses to simulate a single chip. Furthermore, existing tools are mostly desktop-based and not inherently cloud-enabled. The solution proposed by Altair and Metrics aims to provide flexible deployment—whether as a desktop application, on private servers, or in the cloud—enabling large regressions with a pay-per-use model. It supports System Verilog and VHDL RTL for digital circuits targeting application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This approach allows for concurrent and large-scale simulations, drastically reducing time and costs associated with traditional IC design cycles.

James R. Scapa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Altair, stated, “By combining our best-in-class software with Metrics’ cloud-based simulation as a service, we are excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to our EDA and semiconductor customers. Altair is unique in our ability to merge simulation with industry-leading workload and workflow optimization technology, serving as a true partner for companies embracing innovative tools and resource delivery models in this highly specialized and high-stakes industry. Customers now have a choice in design verification.”

DSim will be accessible through Altair One, Altair’s cloud innovation gateway, and will also be available for desktop download. The platform is optimized for speed, capacity, and accuracy, providing semiconductor, automotive, aerospace, and defense customers with top-tier digital simulation, visualization, and circuit debug technology. This enables quicker problem identification and smoother production of complex devices.

Joe Costello, Executive Chairman of Metrics, remarked, “We are proud to be first-to-market with our game-changing design verification product and business model for the semiconductor industry. Joining Altair will allow us to grow and provide an alternative option—whether on desktop, on your own servers, or in the cloud—to engineers looking for a flexible, modern, accurate, and fast design verification solution that is truly scalable.”

Costello, a notable figure in the EDA industry, previously served as President of Cadence Design Systems, where he drove the company’s annual revenues past the $1 billion mark, making it the first EDA company to achieve this milestone. His contributions to the industry were recognized in 2004 when he was awarded the Phil Kaufman Award by the Electronic System Design Alliance.

The collaborative solution from Altair and Metrics is poised to redefine the landscape of semiconductor design verification by leveraging cloud-based technologies and cost-efficient, scalable simulation tools.

  • Published On Jul 2, 2024 at 11:26 AM IST

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