LONDON – EDA company Sagantec North America Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced that is has acquired NP Komplete Technologies BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), a startup company founded in 2009. Sagantec did not disclose how much it paid.
NP Komplete Technologies provides physical IC design migration tools and services to automate migration and optimization of libraries, memories and custom layout for meeting new design rules and yield goals in new processes. and specializes in the 28-nm, 22- and 20-nm manufacturing process nodes. All the company's customers are among the top 20 semiconductor companies in the world.
Sagantec, which has its engineering teams in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Haifa, Israel, said that the NPKT team is now integrated with its Eindhoven team.
The NPKT migration technology is an automated layout optimization technology, and was designed to address 20-nm design rules and beyond. Most of the additional design rules at 20-nm are required to overcome challenges of manufacturability that impact yield. The NPKT technology has been proven with clean design rule checked results at several semiconductor companies, and on 28- and 20-nm processes at foundries.
The 22-nm nomenclature for a process node is only being used by Intel at present.
According to its website NPKT develops and maintains all of design for manufacturing (DFM) products marketed by Takumi Technology Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
You might have missed the fact that the Viewpoint ”IC technology moves in multiple directions” was written 3 years ago, right after the 2008 market meltdown.
At that time most semi companies were understandably hesitant to venture off into an expensive deployment in the next technology node.
Three years later and today all the industry talk is about shortage of capacity at 28nm...
today Sagantec serves customers of both types:
those that early on migrate to the next node and those who are more interested in cost reduction and alternate sourcing.
The CEO of Sagantec expresses first a view in "Viewpoint:IC technology moves in multiple directions" about companies making ICs and developing IP in nodes at 90 nm and above and not migrating to lower nodes, but then ends up buying a company specializing in 20nm EDA tools himself! Adds special meaning to the phrase "take it with a pinch of salt" !!
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