In the latest example of the ongoing disappearance of smaller DFM companies into the maws of EDA’s bigger fish, Mentor Graphics has acquired the assets of Ponte Solutions. Ponte’s model-based design-for-manufacturing (DFM) tools are meant to analyze, predict, and reduce the impact of process variability during SoC design. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ponte personnel and technology will be merged into the respective departments within the Mentor Graphics Calibre organization. Mentor will maintain the Ponte R&D team located in Yerevan, Armenia, a hotbed for electronic design automation (EDA) and other technical software companies in Eastern Europe including Microsoft, Virage Logic, Synopsys, and Credence Systems. Existing Ponte products and customers will continue to be supported by Mentor Graphics as Ponte capabilities are fully integrated into the Calibre DFM platform.