May 3, 2012 -- Sagantec, Inc. has acquired Dutch start-up NP-Komplete Technologies BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) for its physical-design compaction and migration solutions based on a sophisticated 2D dynamic-compaction technology. NP-Komplete Technologies (NPKT) is a provider of DFM solutions, and physical-design optimization engines.
The Sagantec engineering team in the Netherlands is now fully integrated with the NPKT team with the combined team working together on enhancing the tools and addressing future technology challenges.
Following the acquisition, NPKT is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sagantec and continues to develop and provide advanced layout-compaction and DFM solutions.
The NPKT migration technology is an automated layout-optimization technology, and was designed from the ground up to address the latest challenges of 20-nm design rules and beyond. Since most of the new rules are enforced to overcome manufacturability-related challenges that impact yield, it takes a sophisticated 2D compaction technology to make necessary modifications to create a DRC-clean layout. The NPKT technology has already been proven with DRC-clean results at several tier-1 semiconductor companies, and used on multiple 28-nm and 20-nm technologies of leading-edge foundries.