Mentor strikes deal to buy Austemper
Mentor has agreed to acquire Austin-based start-up Austemper Design Systems. It follows buys such as Solido Design Automation and Sarokal Test Systems since Mentor’s own acquisition by Siemens.
Austemper’s focus area is functional safety and one priority will be folding its software into Mentor’s portfolio covering the ISO 26262 standard. Austemper has been the focus of growing interest from automotive designers because of the speed with which its technology undertakes fault simulation.
In a statement, Mentor said, “The software technology from Austemper adds state-of-the-art safety analysis, auto-correction and fault simulation technology to address random hardware faults – expanding on Mentor’s existing functional safety leadership offerings of the Tessent product suite and the Veloce platform to provide the most complete end-to-end solution.”
Mentor’s parent also sees Austemper as extending its Industry 4.0 strategy for the automotive market, according to Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software.
“The Austemper technology added to the Mentor IC portfolio, along with the Teamcenter portfolio and Polarion ALM software, will give customers the ability to develop and test digital twins of their systems for the highest degrees of functional safety before manufacture and deployment,” Hemmelgarn said.
Mentor expects to close the deal next month. A preview of Austemper’s presence at next week’s Design Automation Conference in San Francisco can be found here.
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