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.
Through Upverter Acquisition
Through Perception Software Acquisition
Through Helic Acquisition
Through DfR Solutions Acquisition
|Avery Design Systems|
|Blue Pearl Software|
|Cadence Design Systems|
|Concept Engineering GmbH|
Through CST acquisition
|Dorado Design Automation|
|EasyLogix - Schindler & Schill GmbH|
|EMWorks||HFWorks: High Frequency Electromagnetic Simulator |
EMS: Low Frequency Electromagnetic Simulator
TARGET 3001! PCB Layout CAD Software
|Intercept Technology Inc|
|Keysight Technologies EEsof EDA division|
|Labcenter Electronics Ltd|
|Magillem Design Services|
| Mentor Graphics |
(Subsidiary of Siemens)
|acquired by Siemens in 2017. |
Through LogicVision Acquisition
Through Solido Design Automation Acquisition
Through Austemper Design Systems Acquisition
|VisualSim Architect (Mirabilis Design Inc)|
|Optima Design Automation||Functional Safety solutions, ISO-26262 ASIL-D |
Automated tools for
SPICE modeling and analog & mixed-signal simulation
Custom IC CAD
|Verific Design Automation||VDA acquired Invionics's Invio platform in 2017. |
|Intel||Intel acquired Altera in 2015. |
| Microsemi |
(Subsidiary of Microchip Technology)
|Microsemi acquired Actel in 2010. |
|Analog Design Automation||acquired by Synopsys in 2004 |
|Ansoft Corporation||acquired by Ansys|
|Applied Wave Research||acquired by National Instruments |
|Automated Systems, Inc.||acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1990 |
|Avant! Corporation||acquired by Synopsys 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.|
|Azuro||acquired by Cadence in 2011 |
|CadSoft Computer||acquired by Autodesk in 2016|
|Calma||merged into Valid, then Cadence Design Systems|
|Ciranova||Acquired by Synopsys in 2012|
|CoFluent Design||acquired by Intel in 2011 |
|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 in 2014 |
|Gateway Design Automation||acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1989 |
|Ikos Systems||acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2002 |
|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|
|OrCAD||acquired by Cadence in 1999|
|Protel||renamed as Altium|
|Solido Design Automation||acquired by Siemens in 2017|
|SpringSoft, Inc.||acquired by Synopsys |
|Synplicity||acquired by Synopsys|
|Valid Logic Systems||merged into Cadence|
|Upverter||acquired by Altium in 2017|
Comparison of electronic design automation (EDA) software
Autodesk, Inc. is an American multinational software corporation that makes software services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California, and features a gallery of its customers' work in its San Francisco building. The company has offices worldwide. Its U.S. locations are Northern California, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, New England, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Its Canada offices are located in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta.
Mentor, a Siemens Business is a US-based electronic design automation (EDA) multinational corporation for electrical engineering and electronics.
Synopsys is an American EDA company. Majority of their products include tools 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 Integrated circuit design, including: synthesis, placement, routing, power management, circuit simulation, verification and analog/mixed-signal design.
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.
Silvaco, Inc. develops and markets electronic design automation (EDA) and technology CAD (TCAD) software and semiconductor design IP (SIP). The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, and throughout Asia. Since its founding in 1984, Silvaco has grown to become a large privately held EDA company. The company has been known by at least two other names: Silvaco International, and Silvaco Data Systems.
Daisy Systems Corporation incorporated in 1981 in Mountain View, California, was a computer-aided engineering, company, a pioneer in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry.
In electronics, logic synthesis is a process by which an abstract specification of desired circuit behavior, typically at register transfer level (RTL), is turned into a design implementation in terms of logic gates, typically by a computer program called a synthesis tool. Common examples of this process include synthesis of designs specified in hardware description languages, including VHDL and Verilog. Some synthesis tools generate bitstreams for programmable logic devices such as PALs or FPGAs, while others target the creation of ASICs. Logic synthesis is one aspect of electronic design automation.
Conexant Systems, Inc. was an American-based software developer and fabless semiconductor company. They provided products for voice and audio processing, imaging and modems. The company began as a division of Rockwell International, before being spun off as a public company. Conexant itself then spun off several business units, creating independent public companies which included Skyworks Solutions and Mindspeed Technologies.
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.
Altium Limited is an American, Australian-domiciled owned public software company that provides PC-based electronics design software for engineers who design printed circuit boards. Founded as Protel Systems Pty Ltd in Tasmania, Australia in 1985, Altium now has regional headquarters in the United States, Australia, China, Europe, and Japan, with resellers in all other major markets.
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.
Altos Design Automation, Inc. was an electronic design automation software company. Altos developed and marketed cell and semiconductor intellectual property (IP) characterization tools that created library views for timing, signal integrity and power analysis and optimization. The Altos tools were fully automated and the company claimed that its tools are extremely fast. The Altos tools were used by engineers employing both corner-based and statistical-based design implementation flows to reduce time-to -market and improve yield.
The table below provides an overview of computer-aided design (CAD) software. It does not judge power, ease of use, or other user-experience aspects. The table does not include software that is still in development. For all-purpose 3D programs, see Comparison of 3D computer graphics software. CAD refers to a specific type of drawing and modeling software application that is used for creating designs and technical drawings. These can be 3D drawings or 2D drawings.
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.
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.
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.