Verification requirements have exploded as designs have become increasingly complex, and debugging is the most time-consuming part of verification that takes up nearly half of the design cycle. Also, custom implementation tools have not kept up with the dramatic improvements seen in digital design.
Luckily, Synopsys (News - Alert), a provider of tools, IP and services for digital, analog and mixed-signal system-on-chip design and verification, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SpringSoft, a global supplier of specialized IC design software.
This acquisition will help Synopsys to quickly and effectively deliver the advanced capabilities that will help semiconductor customers solve their toughest design challenges that include verification and custom implementation.
"This acquisition will increase Synopsys' investment in Taiwan by growing our local engineering expertise, technology development capabilities and customer support," Chi-Foon Chan, president and co-chief executive officer at Synopsys, said in a press release.
"Combining SpringSoft's team and platform with Synopsys' complementary technology will help Synopsys lead further innovations in debug to more rapidly address the growing verification challenge. Simultaneously, SpringSoft's innovative custom implementation solution and its strong presence in leading Asian, European and U.S. semiconductor companies will help accelerate Synopsys' delivery of automation and innovation to an area of IC design that has been stagnant in the past," Chan added.
Under the terms of the agreement, Synopsys Taiwan will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of SpringSoft for approximately $1.90 per SpringSoft share in cash and acquire any remaining shares pursuant to a follow-on merger. The gross transaction value will be $406 million or $305 million net. The transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, is subject to the minimum tender of 51 percent of the current outstanding SpringSoft shares, the approval of the follow-on merger by SpringSoft shareholders, regulatory approvals in Taiwan, and other customary closing conditions.
After the closing, SpringSoft will become part of Synopsys and SpringSoft stock will cease trading. When completed, Synopsys anticipates the transaction to be slightly accretive to fiscal 2013 non-GAAP earnings per share.
The combination of SpringSoft's and Synopsys' verification technology portfolios will help accelerate the delivery of a unified, powerful system-on-chip (SoC) debug environment so customers can continue to meet the demands of today's complex electronic designs. In addition, by integrating the physical design technology and teams from SpringSoft, Ciranova and Magma, Synopsys can accelerate innovation and offer a higher level of automation in custom implementation tools.
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