In a transaction worth 35 billion dollars, chip design software provider Synopsys is acquiring simulation software developer Ansys. The deal, which is expected to be completed in early 2025, consists of half cash and half shares. According to the companies, the main aim is to combine their complementary strengths.
As Synopsys and Ansys jointly announced, the acquisition values Ansys at around 390 dollars per share. Synopsys hopes that the acquisition will expand its customer base and market share through innovative “silicone-to-system” product sets.
While Synopsys specializes in software for chip manufacturers and serves customers such as Intel and Nvidia, Ansys is primarily active in the automotive, aviation and consumer goods industries. The takeover gives Synopsys access to these attractive markets.
Experts also see potential for the further development of simulation and design software for additive manufacturing. Ansys already offers various tools in this area, such as an end-to-end platform, special material databases and applications for the simulation and optimization of 3D printing processes.
According to industry experts, greater penetration of industrial 3D printing with powerful simulation software could further increase the acceptance and efficiency of the technology. Ansys also recently announced a collaboration with Materialise to integrate simulation functions into the 3D printing service provider’s Magics software.