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SMT & Inspection | July 28, 2006

Agilent acquires Xpedion

Agilent Technologies acquires Xpedion Design Systems Inc. for an undisclosed sum of money.
Xpedion that is a provider of RF design tools last year forged a partnership with Gennady Gildenblat.

"Increasingly, designers are finding that their high-performance RFIC designs are under-characterized," said Jim McGillivary, vice president and general manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA division.

"The result is too many foundry turns and poor yield. Agilent is recognized as the leader in RF design and simulation, with proven breadth and depth. By adding Xpedion's products to our portfolio, we will be able to increase our emphasis on design verification and DFM [design-for-manufacturability], giving our customers an indispensable design flow covering RFIC design, design verification and DFM", he added.

Pete Rodriguez, Xpedion's CEO, added, "Xpedion's and Agilent EEsof's combined technologies are used by almost all key companies designing RFICs."

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