SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA - News), a provider of chip design software, today announced the company has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS - News), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. The combination of the two companies' technologies, development capabilities, support teams and sales channels will provide chip designers with greater access to state-of-the art electronic design automation (EDA) solutions that enable more profitable silicon.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Synopsys will acquire Magma for $7.35 per Magma share in cash, resulting in a transaction value of approximately $507 million net of cash and debt acquired. The closing of the merger is subject to customary conditions, including approval by Magma stockholders as well as U.S. regulators.
"Magma and Synopsys have always shared a common goal of enabling chip designers to improve performance, area and power while reducing turnaround time and costs on complex ICs," said Rajeev Madhavan, CEO of Magma. "By joining forces now we can ensure that chip designers have access to the advanced technology they need for silicon success at 28, 20 nanometer and below."
Leading semiconductor companies worldwide use Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software to produce chips for a wide variety of vertical markets including tablet computing, mobile devices, electronic games, digital video, networking, military/aerospace and memory. Silicon One, Magma's technology solutions for emerging silicon, address time to market, product differentiation, cost and performance while making silicon more profitable. Magma products include software for digital design, analog implementation, mixed-signal design, physical verification, circuit simulation, characterization and yield management. The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Follow Magma on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MagmaEDAand on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Magma. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.