Agilent Technologies Inc. is to buy Accelicon Technologies, a privately held company, provides device-level modeling and validation software for the electronics industry. Financial details were not disclosed and the deal is expected to be completed in 60 to 90 days.
Accelicon (Cupertino, Calif.) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Xisheng Zhang, who is now company president, and has more than 100 customers worldwide. The majority of Accelicon’s 30 employees are located in Beijing, China and this means Agilent’s device modeling R&D and services will expand in Asia where IC foundries as based.
Agilent’s EEsof EDA organization is leading the purchase which is designed to enhance the company's activities in semiconductor device modeling. Accurate, verified device models reduce R&D design cycles as higher frequencies, smaller technology nodes, new materials and device layouts call for more accurate process design kits.
“Combining Agilent’s experience in measurement with the modeling expertise of both companies advances our goal of providing design teams with the industry’s most complete flow from device modeling to simulation and measurement,” said Mark Pierpoint (picture right), vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Software and Modular Solutions Division.
Accelicon’s MQA SPICE model analysis solution for model quality assurance provides a model verification platform and provides a link between fab and design, comparing, documenting and validating foundry-supplied models. Differences between technology nodes, library versions and other foundry models can be assessed. Accelicon also offers a modeling platform MBP that allows modeling engineers to optimize the SPICE model library in order to best reflect silicon data and meet the requirements for a specific type of design.