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Agilent acquires electrothermal analysis technology from Gradient Design Automation


Agilent Technologies Inc. has acquired the electrothermal analysis technology from Gradient Design Automation, maker of HeatWave electrothermal analysis software. Agilent EEsof EDA now has sole ownership of Gradient’s core technology and will serve customers of both the integrated Advanced Design System software solution and Gradient’s HeatWave solution.

The electrothermal analysis technology allows designers to identify and correct thermal problems during integrated circuit development.

“Thermal management is one of the toughest challenges facing modern IC designers,” said Todd Cutler, general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA. “That’s why our integrated ADS electrothermal solution was so well received by customers following its introduction and has already been adopted by several major RFIC/MMIC vendors.”

The acquisition stems from a cooperative agreement between Agilent and Gradient that began in 2012, when a version of Gradient’s technology was integrated into the ADS software as part of a comprehensive multitechnology solution for RFIC and MMIC development. In 2013, Agilent announced an expanded business relationship with Gradient that included increased financial commitment on Agilent’s part in exchange for increased access to Gradient’s electrothermal analysis technology.

“The growth of Gradient’s business is proof that the unique software technology we created is highly effective at solving an important industry problem,” says Ed Cheng, president of Gradient. “We are quite pleased and excited that Agilent, established market leader in the EDA industry, will now carry the technology forward and work to further expand its market reach.”

On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies, Inc. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.


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