Avant said there would be no impact on customers or itself from Friday's federal court decision to enjoin the sale of ArcCell, a discontinued design automation product that allegedly contains copied source code from Cadence Design Systems.
Separately Monday, the Fremont, Calif., company said on Jan. 6 it plans to unveil a suite of electronic new design automation products targeted at what it said are very deep-submicron (VDSM) ICs. These products will include a range of next-generation place-and-route technology, EDA capability optimized for VDSM, and timing simulation and analysis, according to Avant.
New design technology will be introduced in products called Milkyway, The Door to EDA Applications, Star-Time, Apollo, Solar II, and Mars-Rail.
On Friday, Cadence claimed a major legal victory in its bitter battle with Avant when a U.S. court judge in San Jose, Calif., ordered a preliminary injunction against the ArcCell place-and-route software and any other Avant EDA products containing code copied or derived from Cadence's Design Framework II. In addition, the judge ordered Avant to make source code of existing products available to Cadence experts for examination by Jan. 15.
After the court decision was issues on Friday, an Avant spokesman said the company plans to comply with the judge's order, and it believes the burden of proof will be on San Jose, Calif.-based Cadence when source code is made available for inspection by Jan. 15.
Avant said only its discounted ArcCell software is covered by the judges order, which was required by a previously announced decision by a U.S. appellate court. Avant said it stopped selling ArcCell software 18 months ago, and the judges order will not prevent customers from using the software to design chips with the software.
Cadence said Avant's Aquarius and Apollo place-and-route tools also contain copied code. Avant denies that charge.
"The people at Avant are going about our business developing the best products and providing the best services for IC design," said Gerald C. Hsu, chairman, president and CEO of Avant. "We achieve success by developing bold advances in technology that provide our customers with competitive advantage. All our products result from the innovation and dedication of Avant's talented engineers. We will continue to fight in the courts to prove that."