ARM buys Texas processor verification firm

by Peter Clarke , TechOnline India - June 21, 2011

Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has acquired Obsidian Software Inc., a privately held company that has been providing processor verification products, verification consulting and training services to processor designers since 1997.

Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has acquired Obsidian Software Inc., a privately held company that has been providing processor verification products, verification consulting and training services to processor designers since 1997.

The amount ARM is paying for Obsidian (Austin, Texas) was not disclosed.

"ARM and Obsidian Software have had a long relationship which started with early work on Cortex-A8," said Mike Inglis, general manager and executive vice president of ARM's processor division, in a statement. "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.”

The Obsidian Software validation team will become part of an ARM processor validation team based in Austin, Texas.

Obsidian's best known product is the Random Architecture Verification Engine, known as RAVEN, a processor verification tool for generating stimuli in standard and custom processor cores.

ARM said it would honor all existing contractual agreements between Obsidian and its customers.


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