AWR design software.

National Instruments to sell its subsidiary AWR to Cadence


  • Cadence and National Instruments have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cadence intends to acquire AWR, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Instruments (NI).
  • AWR’s software platform is designed for the development of components, circuits, systems and subsystems used in wireless communication applications, as well as high-speed wired transmissions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cadence will pay approximately $160 million in cash and around 110 AWR employees will join the company.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

For Anirudh Devgan, President of Cadence, creating differentiated products while reducing cycle time requires a consistent design, simulation and analysis environment. In addition, AWR’s technologies will allow his company to provide, in conjunction with its existing offer, more integrated and optimized RF design solutions.

Users will be able to benefit from seamless integration between the AWR design environment and Cadence Allegro PCB Designer software suites and the Virtuoso and Spectre platforms dedicated to RF circuit design. The analysis of electromagnetic and thermal phenomena can be performed using the Clarity 3D Solver, Celsius Thermal Solver and Sigrity PowerSI tools offered by Cadence.

In parallel with this agreement, the two American companies have also entered into a strategic alliance to expand their relationship in the field of electronic system design tools with a focus on communication technologies in the field of RF and 5G.

The integration of AWR solutions with Cadence processing software should therefore not be at the expense of the Labview graphic development platform and NI’s PXI modular instrumentation systems.