Siemens has agreed to acquire UK-based debug and on-chip instrumentation startup UltraSoC, aiming to fold the operation into Mentor’s Tessent test-software product portfolio.
“Siemens’ acquisition of UltraSoC means that for the first time our customers can access not just design-for-test, but a comprehensive ‘design for life-cycle management’ solution for system-on-chips, including functional safety, security and optimization,” said Brady Benware, Tessent vice president and general manager at Siemens Digital Industries Software.
Having started with an on-chip debug network aimed at multicore SoCs, UltraSoC has over the years added support for security, performance, and reliability monitoring. According to Siemens, the technology will support the extension of the digital-twin concept into electronic-system and SoC design.
“This acquisition accelerates UltraSoC’s vision at a much larger scale with the incredible team, assets, industry know-how and footprint of Siemens,” said Rupert Baines, CEO, UltraSoC. “Being part of one of the world’s foremost technology companies will allow UltraSoC to better serve our customers by accelerating R&D, leveraging a much larger pool of go-to-market resources, and an enormous global infrastructure. It has been clear since our initial meeting that UltraSoC and Siemens share a vision on how technology businesses can transform their operations end to end, from design conception to field deployment and we are excited to join the community.”
UltraSoC‘s products are used in the automotive, high-performance computing, storage and semiconductor industries. The company was recently selected as a participant in the DARPA Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program; and is a member of the Secure-CAV consortium, a collaborative project that aims to improve the safety and security of tomorrow’s connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Siemens’ acquisition of UltraSoC is due to close in the fourth quarter of Siemens’ fiscal year 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.