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ARM acquires Obsidian Software

Grabs a processor verification and validation developer
Fri Jun 17 2011, 15:10

CHIP DESIGNER ARM has acquired Obsidian Software, a developer of verification and validation software used in the design of processor chips.

ARM said that the acquisition will help boost its business by augmenting its "drive in matching its verification strategies with the rate of change in its high performance, complex SoC IP components", apparently having left its plain English dictionary at home.

Whatever, we can see without needing to read between the lines that an already cosy relationship is about to get a lot more intimate.

"ARM and Obsidian Software have had a long relationship which started with early work on Cortex-A8," said Mike Inglis, GM and EVP of ARM's processor division.

"The technology and people that will come with this acquisition are a significant addition to our capabilities in maximizing quality and reducing time to market of ARM-based SoCs."

"Obsidian Software has a long history of building advanced verification tools for the ARM architecture and enabling ARM partners," added Eric Hennenhoefer, president of Obsidian Software.

"The ARM ecosystem will be extended by the addition of Obsidian Software's verification solutions, which will accelerate the success of the ARM architecture in the marketplace." µ


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