Though as an implementation guy, I don't use Denali products, the first things that sprang to mind are:
- $315 million is a lot of money! I think it must be one of the top 10 EDA acquisitions by price, if not top five.
Anyone have list of the top acquisitions in EDA? It'd be fascinating to review the list and how those deals turned out.
Off the top of my head guess list of bigger deals: CCT (Cadence), Ambit (Cadence), Avant! (Synopsys). Maybe ViewLogic (Synopsys), Verisity (Cadence).
- Cadence has been ambivalent or downright antagonistic toward the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in the past few years. Denali, on the other hand, is one of DAC's biggest boosters, and throws the party to attend in all of DAC. It will be tragic if Cadence clamps down on the festivities.
On a more somber note, let's hope that Cadence is able to preserve the technology and brain trust that was able to make Denali a well-established mid-level EDA vendor. Cadence has had mixed success in managing acquisitions, with some apparently not paying off (Ambit) and others holding up well (Verplex).