Siemens Is Buying Out Mentor Graphics
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 14 November 2016 at 08:13 AM EST. 3 Comments
FREE SOFTWARE --
German conglomerate Siemens has announced they are acquiring Mentor Graphics, a company that's involved with Linux in several areas.

Siemens is spending $4.5 billion dollars to acquire Mentor Graphics. Mentor designs automation software for IC/SoC development and much more. But through their embedded software work and other areas there are ramifications on Linux/open-source.

Mentor Graphics has long worked closely with AMD on their embedded APUs/SoCs with Mentor Linux support and together they've pushed embedded open-source Linux. At the same time, Mentor Graphics has been responsible for working on OpenACC 2.0 in GCC and other GCC compiler improvements for NVIDIA. CodeSourcery, a company long being involved in GNU toolchain development, was previously acquired by Mentor Graphics which is how they have a big presence in GCC development. So while Mentor Graphics may not be a household name, we've talked about them many times on Phoronix particularly in the areas of AMD and then compiler improvements.

More details on Siemens planned acquisition of Mentor Graphics via Mentor's press release.
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