List of EDA companies

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A list of electronic design automation (EDA) companies.

Electronic design automation (EDA), also referred to as electronic computer-aided design (ECAD), is a category of software tools for designing electronic systems such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. The tools work together in a design flow that chip designers use to design and analyze entire semiconductor chips. Since a modern semiconductor chip can have billions of components, EDA tools are essential for their design.


Existing companies

Generic companies

CompanyEDA products
  • IDesignSpec Register Management tool
  • ISequenceSpec Portable Sequence Generator
  • IVerifySpec Verification Management tool
  • DVinsight Editor and Checker for SV, UVM
  • ARV (Automatic Register Verification)
  • Active-HDL
  • Riviera-PRO
  • Spec-TRACER
  • Altium Designer
    • PCB Design
    • Circuit Simulation
    • Altium Designer - PCB Design software, Schematic Capture and Circuit Simulation
    • Altium Vault - Design Data Management Solution
    • PDN Analyzer - Power Distribution and Network Analysis (A/C)
    • CircuitStudio - easy-to-use PCB design tool
    • CircuitMaker - free community-driven PCB design tool for makers
    • SOLIDWORKS PCB Connector - OEM Product provides link from AD to you MCAD environment in SOLIDWORKS
    • EDA Connect - Direct Link Between Altium Environment & Enterprise PLM
  • Protel PCB (discontinued)
  • P-CAD (discontinued - former EDA from Accel Technologies)
  • Upverter - online EDA
    • Schematic Capture
    • PCB Layout
    • System Design Tool
  • Autotrax (discontinued)
  • EasyTrax (discontinued)
  • Ansoft HFSS - High-Frequency Structure Simulation
  • Apache Design, Inc. products:
    • PowerArtist: RTL Design for Power Platform
    • RedHawk: Full-chip Dynamic SoC Power Integrity Solution
    • Totem: Analog and Mixed-Signal Power & Noise Platform
    • Sentinel: Chip-Package-System Co-design/Co-analysis Solution
    • PathFinder: Layout-based ESD Integrity Solution
Austemper Design Systems Inc
  • SafetyScope: Computes the FIT rates and diagnostic coverage metrics for permanent and transient faults
  • Annealer: Safety synthesis tools for adding error correcting codes (ECC), error detection codes (EDC), block level duplication or triple instances or design.
  • RadioScope: Safety synthesis tools for adding ECC or EDC to banks of flops, duplication of critical sections of the design, addition of illegal condition checks.
  • KaleidoScope: Fault campaign tool capable of fault propagation and disposition of injected faults into detected, safe and undetected faults.
Avery Design Systems
  • Verification IPs
  • SimXACT: Gate-level simulation productivity tool with focus on X-pessimism removal
  • SimCluster: Parallel logic simulation environment
Blue Pearl Software
  • Visual Verification Suite (VVS):
    • Advanced Clock Environment
    • Analyze RTL
    • Clock Domain Crossing (CDC)
    • Management Dashboard
    • Automatic SDC Generation
    • VVS: Vivado Tcl Store App
EMWorksHFWorks: High Frequency Electromagnetic Simulator

EMS: Low Frequency Electromagnetic Simulator

Cadence Design Systems
  • System Development Suite with Verification Computing Platform, Virtual System Platform, Incisive Verification Platform, and Rapid Prototyping Platform
  • C-to-Silicon
  • Verification IP Catalog
  • Design IP
  • Chip Planning Solution
  • Virtuoso - IC Artist
  • Virtuoso - IC Layout
  • Virtuoso - Layout Migrate
  • Innovus - Digital IC design
  • Encounter - Digital IC design
  • Encounter - Conformal-LEC
  • Encounter - Conformal Low Power
  • Encounter - Conformal ECO Designer
  • Encounter - Conformal Constraint Designer
  • Encounter - RTL Compiler
  • Encounter - RTL Compiler Physical
  • Encounter - Test ATPG
  • Encounter - Test Diagnostics
  • Encounter - Design Implementation
  • Encounter - QRC (Extraction & Checking)
  • Encounter - Nanoroute
  • Allegro - PC/MCM design
  • Incisive - functional verification
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Specctra autorouter
  • OrCAD
  • Denali Software products
    • Specctra
    • PureSpec
    • MMAV
    • Databahn
    • Blueprint
  • Sigrity products
    • OptimizePI
    • PowerDC
    • XtractIM
    • PowerSI
    • Broadband SPICE
    • SPEED2000
    • Channel Designer
    • XcitePI
    • OrbitIO Planner
    • Unified Package Designer (UPD) acquired from Synopsys
  • Forte Design Systems products
    • Cynthesizer
  • 123D Circuits (formerly; discontinued) - online EDA
    • Electronics Lab
    • PCB Design
    • Circuit Scribe
    • MESH
  • Autodesk - parts library management tool
  • Tinkercad Circuits (formerly Electronics Lab [1] )
Concept Engineering GmbH
  • StarVision
  • GateVision
  • RTLvision
  • SpiceVision
  • Nlview Widgets
Dassault Systemes
  • CST Studio Suite
    • Transient solver - 3D signal and power integrity analysis, true transient EM/circuit co-simulation, EMI analysis
    • Frequency domain solver - 3D electronics simulation
    • Rulecheck - EMC/Si rulechecking
    • MPS - electronics cooling
  • IdEM
    • generation of macromodels
Dorado Design Automation
  • ECO System
    • Tweaker-T1 Timing ECO
    • Tweaker-P1 Leakage Power ECO
    • Tweaker-P2 Dynamic Power ECO
    • Tweaker-C1 Clock ECO
    • Tweaker-M1 Metal ECO
    • Tweaker-F1 Functional ECO
  • Recovery System
    • Tweaker-A1 Area Recovery
    • Tweaker-P1 Dynamic Power Recovery
    • Tweaker-R1 Reliability Recovery
  • EasyEDA - online EDA
    • Schematic capture
    • SPICE simulation
    • PCB layout
Dolphin Integration
  • SLED - Schematic entry and netlisting
  • SMASH - Mixed-signal, mixed-language modeling and simulation
  • SCROOGE TLA - Mixed-signal power consumption estimation
  • SoC GDS - Layout viewer and processor
  • GDS Reticle - Test pattern frame generator
  • SmartVision - application software debug capabilities thanks to the modeling and simulation of the complete sub-system including processors, memories and peripherals
EasyLogix - Schindler & Schill GmbH
  • PCB-Investigator - Professional ECAD Workstation for PCB development
  • GerberLogix - Free Gerber Viewer
  • Online-Gerber-Viewer - Free Gerber Viewer (no installation required)
  • TopoR - topological router for printed circuit boards laid out in any compatible systems that use the PCAD ASCII PCB, PADS ASCII PCB or DSN format
  • SimOne - circuit simulation (the basic circuit analyses common to SPICE modeling systems + stability analysis)
  • Delta Design - software tool for electronic design automation (EDA)
  • Design Studio - Integrated Magnetics EDA Tool
IC Manage
  • GDP Design & IP Management, Envision Design Progress Analytics, Envision Verification Analytics, High Performance Computing

TARGET 3001! PCB Layout CAD Software

  • Schematic editor
  • Simulation PSpice compliant
  • PCB design
  • Front panel design
  • SQL component database
  • 3D model design, STEP Import, STEP Export
  • PCB assembly price calculator
  • Electra: High speed auto router
  • COMPONIVERSE: A component exchange
  • MID Design
  • Nebula Silicon Debugger - Interactive program which connects to Synopsys VCS and Cadence Design Systems NCSim for pre-silicon validation with cross-reference during connection to real silicon
Intercept Technology Inc
  • Pantheon - PCB, RF and Hybrid layout application with manufacture verification
  • Mozaix - Schematic entry
  • Indx - Library management
  • Windows and Linux platforms
Optima Design AutomationFunctional Safety solutions, ISO-26262 ASIL-D
  • Fastest fault simulator in the market: over 100,000X faster than regular simulators

Automated tools for

  • Optima-SE: Resolving soft-error and reducing FIT rate to 0
  • Optima-HE: Measure and Boost Safety-Mechanism coverage for hard-errors
  • Optima-SM: Automated tool for insertion of safety-mechanism, resolving both soft-errors and hard-errors, achieve ASIL-D automatically
Verific Design AutomationVDA acquired Invionics's Invio platform in 2017.
  • Invio Custom EDA Tool Platform - Platform that allows IC developers to quickly build custom EDA tools in tcl or Python that parse, explore and manipulate Verilog, SystemVerilog and VHDL
JEDA Technologies
  • C/C++/SystemC Model Validation Tool Suite
  • OCP Validation Suite
  • TLM2.0 Validation Suite
Keysight Technologies EEsof EDA division
  • Platforms:
    • Advanced Design System – high frequency and high speed design
    • EMPro (formerly Antenna Modeling Design System) - 3D EM platform
    • GoldenGate (supersedes RF Design Environment) - RFIC/RF mixed signal simulator (Xpedion acquisition)
    • IC-CAP, Model Builder Program (MBP), Model Quality Assurance (MQA), Advanced Model Analysis (AMA) - Device modeling and validation (all but IC-CAP from Accelicon acquisition)
    • Genesys - RF and microwave design (Eagleware-Elanix acquisition)
    • SystemVue - Electronic system-level design (Eagleware-Elanix acquisition)
  • EM solvers:
    • Momentum – 3D planar, frequency domain, available with the ADS, Genesys, and GoldenGate platforms
    • FEM Element – full 3D, frequency domain, available with the ADS and EMPro platforms
    • FDTD – full 3D, time domain, available with the EMPro platform
Labcenter Electronics Ltd
  • Proteus Design Suite comprising modules for:
    • Schematic Capture
    • PCB Layout
    • Mixed mode SPICE circuit simulation
    • Micro-controller / Embedded Systems Simulation
Mentor Graphics
(Subsidiary of Siemens)
acquired by Siemens in 2017.
  • ADiT - Nanometer IC Design: fast SPICE
  • Questa ADMS - Nanometer IC Design: mixed-signal simulator
  • Board Station - PCB design software
  • Calibre - physical verification
  • Catapult Synthesis - ESL Design: high-level synthesis
  • Catapult Library Builder - ESL Design: high-level synthesis
  • Design Architect-IC - Nanometer IC Design
  • Eldo - Nanometer IC Design: SPICE simulator
  • Eldo RF - Nanometer IC Design: SPICE simulator
  • Expedition - PCB design software
  • IP - intellectual property (now part of embedded systems division)
  • ModelSim LE - Nanometer IC Design: digital design and simulation; Linux-based simulator with Dataflow Window and Waveform Compare
  • ModelSim PE - Nanometer IC Design: digital design and simulation; Windows-based simulator for VHDL, Verilog, or mixed-language simulation environments
  • ModelSim SE - Nanometer IC Design: digital design and simulation; tri-lingual simulator with VHDL, Verilog, and SystemC
  • Nimbic products [2]
  • Nucleus EDGE - embedded systems development tools
  • Inflexion - embedded systems application platform tools
  • Nucleus OS - embedded systems OS
  • Olympus-SoC - place and route
  • PADS - PCB design software
  • Platform Express Professional - ESL Design: platform-based design
  • Platform Express Integrator's Kit - ESL Design: platform-based design
  • Platform Express Client - ESL Design: platform-based design
  • Questa - digital and mixed-signal simulation
  • System Architect - ESL Design: system analysis
  • SystemVision - Mechatronic Design: system analysis
  • Tessent suite for test
    • Tessent TestKompress
    • Tessent BoundaryScan
    • Tessent FastScan
    • Tessent IJTAG
    • Tessent LogicBIST
    • Tessent Scan/ScanPro
  • Vista - ESL Design: system debug
  • Visual Elite - ESL Design: system integration
  • Veloce/Veloce2 - high speed, high capacity SoC emulation

Through LogicVision Acquisition

  • Dragonfly - Embedded test IP insertion tool for logic, memory and mixed-signal testing
  • Silicon Insight - Interactive program that works with 3rd party testers for controlling and logging of data on the device for at-speed testing
  • Yield Insight - Yield analysis program which looks at foundry and performance data to diagnose possible problems
  • HDL Designer Series
VisualSim Architect (Mirabilis Design Inc)
  • Systems Specification and Design
  • Hardware Design
  • Software Validation
  • Power Exploration
National Instruments
  • PowerDRC/LVS
  • Pulsonix
    • Pulsonix Schematic Capture
    • Pulsonix Advanced PCB Layout
    • Embedded Component Technology
    • Flexi-rigid Circuit Design
    • Chip-on-board Design
    • Spice Mixed Mode A/D Simulation
    • Constraints Driven Interactive High Speed Design
    • Shape Based Autorouter
    • Product Life Management(PLM) Interface
    • Corporate Database Connection Interface
    • 3D View
  • Simbeor: Electromagnetic Signal Integrity Software to Design Predictable PCB/Packaging Interconnects
Silvaco International
  • Analog & mixed signal
    • Utmost III - Device characterization and modeling
    • Utmost IV - Device Characterization and SPICE Modeling
    • Spayn - Statistical Parameter and Yield Analysis
    • Gateway - Schematic Editor
    • SmartSpice - Analog Circuit Simulator
    • SmartSpiceRF - Frequency and time domain RF circuit simulator
    • Harmony - Analog/Mixed-Signal Simulator
  • Custom IC CAD
    • Expert - Layout Editor
    • Guardian - DRC/LVS/NET Physical Verification
    • Hipex - Full-Chip Parasitic Extraction
  • Interconnect modeling
    • Quest - 3D RF Passive Device Modeling
    • Clever - RC Extractor for Realistic 3D Structures
    • Stellar - 3D Physics-Based RC Extractor for Large Cells
    • Exact - Full Chip LPE Rule File Generator
  • Digital CAD
    • Silos - Verilog Simulator
    • HyperFault - Mixed-Level Fault Simulator
    • AccuCell - Cell Characterization and Modeling
    • AccuCore - Block Characterization, Modeling and STA
    • Catalyst AD - SPICE Netlist to Verilog Gates Converter
    • Catalyst DA - Verilog Netlist to SPICE Netlist Converter
    • Spider - Place and Route Design Flow

Through NanGate Acquisition

  • Silvaco Library Platform
    • Silvaco Cello
      • Library Creator - Standard Cell Library Platform (IP creation and migration)
      • Design Optimizer - Concurrent analysis and optimization of design, constraints and libraries
    • Silvaco Viola
      • Library Characterizer
    • Silvaco Liberty Analyzer
Solido Design Automation
(Subsidiary of Siemens)

acquired by Siemens in 2017.

  • Variation Designer - variation-aware design of custom integrated circuits
    • Fast PVT—verify against process, voltage, and temperature corners
    • Fast Monte Carlo—verification against 3-sigma process (statistical) variation
    • High-Sigma Monte Carlo—verification against high-sigma process (statistical) variation
    • Cell Optimizer—automated sizing of custom ICs
Spectrum Software
  • Astro - place and route
  • Cosmos Scope
  • Custom Designer
  • Design Compiler
  • DFT Compiler
  • DFTMAX compression
  • Formality
  • Hercules - physical verification
  • HSIM
  • IC Compiler - place and route
  • IC Validator
  • Physical Compiler
  • Proteus OPC
  • Protocol Analyzer (debugging tool)
  • PrimeTime - static timing analysis
  • Saber
  • Sentaurus TCAD
  • Spice explorer
  • Star-RCXT
  • Synphony C Compiler - high-level synthesis
  • TetraMAX ATPG
  • VCS
  • VIP
  • XA
  • Yield Explorer - yield management
  • Viewlogic products
    • Powerview (discontinued)

FPGA companies

CompanyEDA products
Intel Intel acquired Altera in 2015.
Lattice Semiconductor
  • Lattice Diamond
  • iCEcube2
(Subsidiary of Microchip Technology)
Microsemi acquired Actel in 2010.
  • Libero

Electronics distribution companies

CompanyEDA products
RS Components

Development communities

CommunityEDA products
  • gschem: schematics editor
  • pcb: PCB layout editor
  • gerbv: Gerber file viewer
KiCad (GPL)
  • eeschema - schematic capture
  • PCBnew - PCB layout
  • gerbview - Gerber viewer

Defunct companies

EDA companies that no longer exist
Analog Design Automationacquired by Synopsys [3] in 2004
  • Creative Genius - Automated sizing of analog integrated circuits
  • IP Explorer - High-dimensional visualization of analog performance tradeoffs
Ansoft Corporation acquired by Ansys
Applied Wave Research acquired by National Instruments
  • Microwave Office
  • Analog Office
  • Visual System Simulator
Automated Systems, Inc.acquired by Cadence Design Systems [4] in 1990
  • PRANCE GT - Placement, Routing and Numerical Control Editing for PCB design and layout
Avant! Corporation acquired by Synopsys [5] in 2002. Avant! itself resulted from the merger of ArcSys and Integrated Silicon Systems on November 27, 1995. It acquired Anagram on September 27, 1996, Meta-Software on October 29, 1996, FrontLine Design Automation on November 27, 1996 and Nexsyn Design Technology on December 31, 1996. [6]
Azuro acquired by Cadence [7] in 2011
  • PowerCentric - Clock tree synthesis and automatic clock gating
  • Rubix - Physical optimization and automatic useful skew
CadSoft Computer acquired by Autodesk in 2016
Calma merged into Valid, then Cadence Design Systems [8]
CiranovaAcquired by Synopsys [9] in 2012
CoFluent Design acquired by Intel [10] in 2011
  • CoFluent Studio
  • CoFluent Reader
Coware acquired by Synopsys in 2010
CST - Computer Simulation Technology acquired by Dassault Systemes in 2016
Daisy Systems merged with Cadnetix in 1988
Denali Software acquired by Cadence Design Systems in Q2 of 2010
ECAD, Inc. merged with SDA Systems in 1987 to create Cadence
Forte Design Systems acquired by Cadence Design Systems [11] in 2014
  • Cynthesizer
Gateway Design Automation acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1989
  • Verilog HDL
  • Verilog-XL
Ikos Systemsacquired by Mentor Graphics in 2002
  • NSIM - gate-level simulation accelerator HW
  • Gemini - Verilog simulation accelerator product
  • Voyager - VHDL simulation accelerator product
Interactive Image Technologies or Electronics Workbench acquired by National Instruments in 2005
LogicVision acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2009
Magma Design Automation acquired by Synopsys in 2012
NanGate acquired by Silvaco in 2018
Nimbic (formerly Physware)acquired by Mentor in 2014 [2]
OrCAD acquired by Cadence in 1999
Protel renamed as Altium
SpringSoft, Inc.acquired by Synopsys [12]
  • Verdi - automated debug system
  • Debussy - debug modules
  • Siloti - visibility enhancement solutions
  • Certitude - Functional Qualification System
  • Laker - Custom Layout System
Synplicity acquired by Synopsys [13]
Valid Logic Systems merged into Cadence [14]
Upverter acquired by Altium in 2017
  • ClearBlue

See also

Comparison of electronic design automation (EDA) software

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Mentor, a Siemens Business is a US-based electronic design automation (EDA) multinational corporation for electrical engineering and electronics.

Synopsys is an American company. Synopsys' first and best-known product is Design Compiler, a logic-synthesis tool. Synopsys offers a wide range of other products used in the design of an application-specific integrated circuit. Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, hardware description language simulators as well as transistor-level circuit simulation. The simulators include development and debugging environments which assist in the design of the logic for chips and computer systems. In recent years Synopsys has also expanded into the application security market.

Magma Design Automation was a software company in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. The company was founded in 1997 and maintained headquarters in San Jose, California, with facilities throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma software products were used in major elements of chip development, including: synthesis, placement, routing, power management, circuit simulation, verification and analog/mixed-signal design.

Accellera organization

Accellera Systems Initiative is a standards organization that supports a mix of user and vendor standards and open interfaces development in the area of electronic design automation (EDA) and integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing. It is less constrained than the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is therefore the starting place for many standards. Once mature and adopted by the broader community, the standards are usually transferred to the IEEE.

Autodesk Media and Entertainment is a division of Autodesk which offers animation and visual effects products, and was formed by the combination of multiple acquisitions. In 2018, the company began operating as a single operating segment and reporting unit.

Azuro, Inc. is an electronic design automation (EDA) software company. Formerly headquartered in Santa Clara, California with a development office in Cambridge, England, it is now part of Cadence Design Systems.

OrCAD electronic design automation software

OrCAD Systems Corporation was a software company that made OrCAD, a proprietary software tool suite used primarily for electronic design automation (EDA). The software is used mainly by electronic design engineers and electronic technicians to create electronic schematics and electronic prints for manufacturing printed circuit boards. OrCAD was taken over by Cadence Design Systems in 1999 and was integrated with Cadence Allegro since 2005.

Cadence Design Systems American electronic design automation (EDA) software and engineering services company

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. is an American multinational electronic design automation (EDA) software and engineering services company, founded in 1988 by the merger of SDA Systems and ECAD, Inc. The company produces software, hardware and silicon structures for designing integrated circuits, systems on chips (SoCs) and printed circuit boards.

EEsof, today known as Keysight EEsof EDA, is a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software that helps engineers design products such as cellular phones, wireless networks, radar, satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital wireline infrastructure. Applications include electronic system level (ESL), high-speed digital, RF-Mixed signal, device modeling, RF and Microwave design for commercial wireless, aerospace, and defense markets.

AWR Corporation is an electronic design automation (EDA) software company, formerly known as Applied Wave Research, and then acquired by National Instruments

Forte Design Systems, Inc. is a San Jose, CA, based provider of high-level synthesis (HLS) software products, also known as electronic system-level (ESL) synthesis. Forte's main product is Cynthesizer. On February 14, 2014, Forte was acquired by Cadence Design Systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Solido Design Automation Inc. is an electronic design automation (EDA) software company, headquartered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The company develops software for analog/mixed-signal and custom integrated circuits. The company was founded in 2005 and is funded by BDC Venture Capital, Victoria Park Capital and Golden Opportunities Fund.


EVE/ZeBu is a provider of hardware-assisted verification tools for functional verification of Application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and system on chip (SOC) designs and for validation of embedded software ahead of implementation in silicon. EVE's hardware acceleration and hardware emulation products work in conjunction with Verilog, SystemVerilog, and VHDL-based simulators from Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics. EVE's flagship product is ZeBu.

P-CAD was the brand name created by Personal CAD Systems, Inc., a company founded in 1982 in Los Gatos, California, by Richard Nedbal (CEO) and Roy Prasad. Both were former executives of American Microsystems, Inc. (AMI), a custom semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California. Also, part of the founding team were Gregory Houston, VP Marketing, a former Calma executive, and Chi-Song Horng, Director of software engineering, a former AMI software engineering manager.

Rajeev Madhavan

Rajeev Madhavan is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and a founder and General Partner of Clear Ventures. He is perhaps best known as the founder of software company Magma Design Automation, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer from its founding in 1997 through its acquisition by Synopsys in 2012. He also co-founded software companies LogicVision and Ambit Design Systems. Red Herring magazine named Madhavan to its “Top Innovators” list in 2002.

Siemens PLM Software is a computer software company specializing in 3D & 2D Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. The company is a business unit of Siemens, and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Dean Drako American technology company founder

Dean Drako is an American businessman and serial entrepreneur who has started more than five companies. Drako is best known as a co-founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks from 2003 to July 2012. Drako is currently President and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. He is also an active angel investor.

The Marie R. Pistilli Award is issued annually since 2000 by the Design Automation Conference (DAC) to honor the outstanding achievements of women in Electronic Design Automation. It is named after the co-founder of DAC. Originally named as the "Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award", it is named the "Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award" since 2016.


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