Ansys acquires Diakopto, adding to its IC simulation arsenal

May 16, 2023 | Hot Topics

I’m missing a Vuforia party, so this will be brief: Ansys just announced that it will acquire Diakopto, maker of integrated circuit (IC) simulation solutions — specifically, to find problems “caused by layout parasitics.” I need to find out what that is, but I presume it’s not nightmare-worthy, Alien-type parasites.

According to the press release, Diakopto’s products “address the growing complexities and unintended effects of designing ICs in the modern era. Semiconductor designs increasingly employ advanced process node technologies, where interconnect parasitic effects limit the performance, reliability, and functionality of designs.”

Ansys’ Shane Emswiler, SVP of products, said, “Incorporating Diakopto’s unique methodology will support designers using Ansys to quickly and easily pinpoint the few elements, out of billions, causing bottlenecks … The acquisition will complement Ansys’ existing offerings for engineers at every level as Diakopto’s intuitive and out-of-the-box experience doesn’t require extensive training or complicated setups or configurations.”

Financial terms weren’t made public, but Ansys believes the transaction will close in the second quarter of 2023 (in other words, soon — by the end of June). It sounds like a small deal since the acquisition “is not expected to have a material impact on Ansys’ consolidated financial statements in 2023.”