SAN FRANCISCO In a field buoyed by hype and littered with casualties, EDA startup CiraNova Inc. is stepping to the plate to build automated layout tools for analog and mixed-signal ICs.
"We're not announcing a product today, but our tool set will be interactive with layout experts," said Jeff Lewis, a veteran of Artisan Components who serves as president and chief executive officer for CiraNova (Campbell, Calif.)
"It's not a push-button compiler," Lewis said. "Designers can choose the level of interactivity they need to have with the tool set. This will let engineers take control of their own designs."
CiraNova's debut Wednesday (Jan. 22) follows by several weeks Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s acquisition of Antrim Design Systems Inc., a five-year old Scotts Valley startup whose revenue stream sputtered in 2002. Antrim claimed to support analog designs with methodologies, tool sets and intellectual property.
Lewis remains undaunted. "Our target market is the number of IC design starts. A larger proportion of those will contain some form of analog," he said.
CiraNova received $1.7 million in Series A funding led by Alloy Ventures. Daniel Rubin, a partner at Alloy Ventures, is a member of CiraNova's board of directors. Other board members include James Hogan, senior vice president at Artisan Components; Robert Latta, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a technology law firm that also participated in the round; and CEO Lewis. Latta will serve as CiraNova's general counsel.