SAN FRANCISCO Flomerics has acquired Micred, a Hungarian company that provides hardware and software to address thermal problems of ICs, packages, printed circuit boards and multichip-module devices. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Flomerics (Marlborough, Mass.) said there is a growing need for both its thermal analysis software and Micred's T3Ster thermal transient results evaluation tool because of the increasing miniaturization and thermal densities of electronic devices.
John Parry, research manager for Flomerics, said Flomerics and Micred have worked together for several years on a project to develop transient thermal models of chip packages that accurately capture the thermal behavior of complex IC devices. T3Ster, he said, embodies the technical knowledge gained through this project.
Parry said a synergy exists between Flomerics and Micred in that T3Ster automates measurement procedures that are used to generate thermal models, which are then used in Flomerics' thermal design software to predict how a device will perform in a particular end-user application.
"What's particularly interesting about Micred's approach is just how flexible the instrumentation and software are," Parry said. "The equipment can also characterize other temperature-sensitive components such as power LEDs, or mechanical components critical to thermal management such as heat pipes, micro-fluidic coolers and heat sinksfor which reliable design data is often hard to come byor deduce the thermal resistance values for interface materials and gap fillers. Consequently the T3Ster is highly complementary to Flomerics software tools."
Micred was formed in 1997 as a spin-off from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. T3Ster is its main product and is, according to the company, already being used by companies such as IBM, Infineon, Intel, Nokia, Philips, Samsung and ST Microelectronics. These companies are also users of Flomerics' Flotherm thermal analysis software.
"The T3Ster has many applications in markets where Flomerics is well established, and we believe that there is great potential to expand the business," said David Tatchell, Flomerics CEO. "This is an important step in delivering on our strategy of growing the company by acquisition in a way that complements our organic growth plans."