July 12, 2022
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Future Facilities, provider of electronics cooling analysis and energy performance optimization solutions for data center design and operations using physics-based 3D digital twins. The addition of Future Facilities’ technologies and expertise supports the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy and enables companies to make informed business decisions about data center design, operations and lifecycle management that reduce their carbon footprint.
Future Facilities’ product portfolio includes an electronics thermal solution that augments Cadence’s Celsius Thermal Solver, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electronics cooling simulation technology that optimizes the performance and cooling efficiency of data centers.
Their technology virtualizes the data center ecosystem, creating a 3D digital twin that allows operators to predict, visualize and quantify the impact of any change in the data center prior to implementation and during operations. This allows customers to optimize business goals with facility design and operational efficiencies.
By integrating CFD techniques with a wide range of data center infrastructure management tools and power and cooling modules, Future Facilities simulates the impact of changes in servers on physical capacity, power infrastructure and cooling. The solution improves data center power usage effectiveness by eliminating redundant power consumption.
“The acquisition of Future Facilities boosts our Fidelity CFD solution with digital twin solutions, including electronics cooling and energy management that helps businesses maximize capacity, improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate critical infrastructure risk,” says Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence.
Future Facilities’ 6Sigma Digital Twin simulation and optimization platform lets customers model and analyze the performance of data centers by closely monitoring airflow, heat transfer, cooling, power and capacity. The CFD simulations predict cost profiles and capacity and model improvement options. The addition of Future Facilities’ experienced team and proven technologies enables Cadence to provide comprehensive chip, package, PCB and system data center solutions that deliver efficiency gains and power savings and minimize downtime.
“Using advanced CFD brings tremendous benefits when analyzing thermal efficiencies in the data center,” says Hassan Moezzi, founder and CEO of Future Facilities.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be immaterial to revenue and earnings this year and subject to customary closing conditions.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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