Siemens test changes after UltraSoc purchase

June 29, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Mentor’s Tessent product line within Siemens is restructuring as a result of the coming acquisition of UltraSoc.
Mentor’s Tessent product line within Siemens is changing after the coming acquisition of UK chip analytics company UltraSoc.

The UltraSoc deal is due to complete later this week but has already seen consequences as Mentor, part of Siemens, sharpens its focus in its test business.

The deal is geared around a long term strategy for test and monitoring in chips, from debug in the development stages to monitoring for security and predictive maintenance in the field including building digital twins.

“We talk to everyone all the time,” said Rupert Baines, chief executive of UltraSoc. “Siemens was the only company that had a similar vision to ours with Tessent’s design-for-test offering; and the broader vision of Siemens Digital Industries with the combination of cybersecurity and the concept of the Digital Twin. “

Following the deal, Siemens is spinning out other parts of the Tessent business. Late last week the company announced it is selling its Quantix business, which provides of test data management and analysis solutions for the semiconductor industry. This business was acquired from Galaxy Semiconductor in 2016 and has been sold to a newly formed Galaxy, with the deal completing in the next few weeks.

Like the UltraSoC deal, Siemens will not release the terms of the Galaxy deal. “All I can say is our investors have publicly said they are happy with the deal,” said Baines at UltraSoC.  

Galaxy is acquiring several software solutions from Mentor including a suite of software used by over 100 microelectronic device designers and manufacturers to improve quality, reliability, and yield of devices.  This includes the Examinator & Examinator Pro tool that allows semiconductor device designers and manufacturers to read test data generated during device testing processes., as well as the Yield Man for high volume manufacturing to automatically capture and store test data created during device testing processes. 

"We chose to continue with the Galaxy name because of the many years of history and the strong reputation that it enjoys in the semiconductor industry,"


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