Mentor buys BDA to meet ‘growing analogue and mixed signal verification challenges’

Mentor Graphics has bought EDA specialist Berkeley Design Automation (BDA) in a move which bolsters its analogue, mixed signal and RF design capability.

"Joining forces with BDA gives our mutual customers the most advanced tools that deal with the growing number of nanometre scale physical effects that design teams are facing," said Robert Hum, pictured, general manager of Mentor's deep submicron division. According to Mentor, more than 100 customers use BDA's technology in deep submicron circuit design. The acquisition is said by with Mentor to align with its goal of deliver superior technologies to meet growing challenges of analogue and mixed signal verification. "BDA has built an outstanding reputation helping nanometre scale analogue, mixed signal and RF design teams to verify and characterise leading edge circuits," said Ravi Subramanian, BDA's president and CEO. "With Mentor's outstanding market reach and our combined technology portfolio, we look forward to providing world class solutions to the entire analogue and mixed signal design community."