Synopsys (SNPS) Buying Moortec: Details About The Deal

By Dan Anderson ● November 13, 2020
  • Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) recently announced that it has acquired Moortec. These are the details about the deal.

Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) recently announced that it has acquired Moortec, which is a leading provider of in-chip monitoring technology specializing in process, voltage, and temperature (PVT) sensors. And the Moortec sensors provide a key component to Synopsys’ new Silicon Lifecycle Management (SLM) platform. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

The data from these environmental sensors is essential for properly understanding chip performance activity and will enable the SLM platform’s analytics engines to drive more detailed and precise optimizations at each stage of the semiconductor lifecycle, starting with design implementation, and progressing through manufacturing, production test, bring-up and culminating with in-field operation.

In-chip monitoring has become a necessity at advanced process nodes as it enables essential management of increasingly variable physical and functional conditions in real-time, thus increasing performance and reliability. And Moortec brings to Synopsys the industry’s most advanced and comprehensive range of in-chip PVT sensors and control subsystems. Plus Moortec’s technology has been adopted by many of the world’s largest fabless and IDM companies and has been used on hundreds of chip designs on all popular process nodes down to 5nm.

The integration of Moortec’s sensor technology into the Synopsys SLM platform adds a new dimension of value. And in addition to providing real-time in-chip feedback, data from these sensors will now be extracted and fed to the platform’s analytics engines. 

The environmental data provided by these sensors is an essential part of fully understanding complex activities within the chip. And combining this information with data from other structural and functional monitors provide the rich data needed to derive the greatest optimizations throughout the lifecycle.

KEY QUOTE:

“We continue to deliver on our roadmap of innovation to provide silicon lifecycle optimization solutions that address the evolving needs of the dynamic semiconductor industry. This acquisition accelerates the expansion of our SLM platform by providing our customers with a comprehensive data-analytics-driven solution for devices at the most advanced process nodes.”

— Sassine Ghazi, chief operating officer of Synopsys