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Video: The acquisition of Sierra expands Mentor’s leadership in DFM

In June 2007, Mentor Graphics acquired Sierra Design Automation (Santa Clara, Calif.) and its entire product line, including the Pinnacle adaptive variability engine and the Olympus-SOC next-generation place and route system that concurrently addresses variations in lithography, process corners and design modes.

The acquisition of Sierra expands Mentor’s leadership in DFM (design-for-manufacturing), and provides integration that customers need between physical design and back-end verification and yield-enhancement. The combination of Sierra’s Place and Route and Mentor’s Physical Verification and DFM tools provides a design-to-fab flow capable of handling dozens of process corners and multiple modes, all while addressing manufacturability challenges to achieve manufacturing closure of customers’ designs.

“At 65 and 45 nanometers (nm), discontinuities such as process variation, design size, low power, and DFM are creating a major disruption in physical design,” said Pravin Madhani, president and CEO, Sierra Design Automation. The combination of Sierra and Mentor tools provides a powerful design-to-fab flow that addresses these discontinuities in a comprehensive fashion.”