SAN FRANCISCO—EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. has acquired Optical Research Associates (ORA), a privately held provider of optical design software and engineering services, the company said Thursday (Oct. 7). Financial terms of the acquisition, which closed Thursday, were not disclosed.
ORA software is used to design and optimize applications that require light to be controlled or manipulated. Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) said the addition of ORA's technology would allow the firm to move into markets associated with displays and solid state lighting using light emitting diodes, as well as expand into markets such as semiconductor lithography equipment and cameras.
Synopsys also described the acquisition as its initial move into a the optical design software market in line with its strategy to expand into areas that are adjacent to EDA.
"Optical design is a logical adjacency for Synopsys," said Howard Ko, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' silicon engineering group. "The analysis and optimization of optical systems involves the same level of algorithmic and software engineering expertise Synopsys is known to provide."
EDA industry is practically stuck with no growth or negative growth. Only way for the EDA biggies to grow is to find new industries where they can use their existing expertise. So good move by Synopsys.
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