EVE Acquires Tharas Systems, Hammer Hardware Accelerators

EVE, a leading provider of high-performance, hardware-assisted verification solutions, announced that it acquired Tharas Systems, Inc., developer of the Hammer line of hardware accelerators. The acquisition is driven to strengthen and expand EVE’s position in the hardware-assisted verification market from leading supplier of extremely fast emulation/prototyping solutions to provider of best-in-class accelerators.

Terms of the transaction were not announced, but most of Tharas’ employees will be retained and merged into EVE-USA, the United States subsidiary of EVE based in San Jose.

Dr. Luc Burgun, EVE’s chief executive officer (CEO) and president, comments: “After this acquisition, EVE becomes the broadest supplier of hardware-assisted tools, encompassing accelerators, emulators and FPGA prototypes. EVE can now serve a larger community of leading system-on-chip designers, including hardware engineers and embedded software developers.”

The Hammer technology belongs to the processor-based systems and it is complementary to EVE’s ZeBu emulation/prototyping systems. While ZeBu offers performance in the tens of megahertz speed mandatory for embedded software validation, Hammer offers the fastest compiler in the industry and simulator-like features such as four-state simulation and acceleration of behavioral code, making the two product lines synergistic.

“EVE is an exciting company with an impressive product line and remarkable growth,” adds Subbu Ganesan, founder of Tharas Systems and now chief architect at EVE. “We welcome the opportunity to add our experience to such a successful company and together drive EVE to become the number one supplier of hardware-assisted offerings. This alliance will also greatly benefit our customers who will have access to a larger range of leading-edge products and who will benefit from the support of a much larger scale organization.”

About Tharas Systems
Tharas Systems develops and markets design verification solutions that lead to a significant shortening of the overall verification cycle of complex integrated circuits and electronic systems design. Its recently introduced Hammer SX and Hammer MX products incorporate a patented, multi-core, custom-processor hardware assisted verification engine developed by Tharas that works in conjunction with popular Verilog and VHDL-based software simulators from Synopsys (NASDAQ – SNPS), Cadence Design (NYSE- CDN), and Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ – MENT). Founded in 1998, Tharas is privately held with corporate headquarters located in Santa Clara, Calif., and regional sales and support offices in North America and Japan.

About EVE
EVE offers the fastest verification and most cycles per dollar by combining the best aspects of traditional emulation and rapid prototyping systems into a single, unified environment for ASIC and SoC debugging, and embedded software validation. Its headquarters in the United States is San Jose, Calif. Telephone: (408) 881-0440. Fax: (408) 904-5800. Its corporate headquarters is located in Palaiseau, France. Telephone: (33) 1 Fax: (33) 1 Email: info@eve-usa.com.