San Jose, Calif. - Moving to strengthen its position in the analog and mixed-signal tools market, Cadence Design Systems Inc. has purchased privately held Neolinear Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition brings to Cadence about 75 of Neolinear's employees as well as Neolinear's NeoCell layout tool and NeoCircuit circuit-sizing tool, and a multimillion-dollar contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to build next-generation RF design tools.
Cadence has sold NeoCell and NeoCircuit on an OEM basis since 2001, and they are key components of its Virtuoso analog/mixed-signal design platform, said Felicia James, vice president and general manager of Cadence's Virtuoso business unit.
The acquisition will allow Cadence to integrate the products more closely with the other tools in the Virtuoso platform, she said.
Neolinear chairman Ron Rohrer will continue to lead an R&D group that's developing a next-generation RF and mixed-signal design system with funding from Darpa.
The Darpa contract brought $3.8 million to Neolinear (Pittsburgh) in 2002 and an additional $2.5 million last month.