Logical adjacency or hedging bets?? - Synopsys buys software firm Optical Research

Synopsys has acquired Optical Research Associates, a privately held premier provider of optical design software andl engineering services. The acquisition represents Synopsys’ first move into markets associated with displays and solid state lighting using light emitting diodes. The company said the acquisition will also allow it to expand into markets such as semiconductor lithography equipment and cameras.
Over the last few years, Synopsys has been venturing into various fields - apart from its traditional role of supplying EDA tools for the semiconductor market. Earlier it was tools for the PV systems and now this foray into markets associated with displays and solid state lighting using LEDs
 

With mixed signals on the semiconductor outlook coupled with evolving role of EDA vendors, the line between “hedging bets” and moving into “logical adjacent” areas is quite fine…..
 

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