One of the more interesting rumors floating around Silicon Valley is that, now that Mentor is a part of Siemens, they will be divesting parts that do not align with their Industry 2.0 agenda. The most interesting unit in question is Calibre. Cadence was one of the original bidders for Mentor for just that reason, they wanted Calibre, so this makes complete sense. I'm guessing Calibre is about a $500m business so it should go for $1-2B? Probably closer to $2B and maybe more if there was a bidding war involving either Synopsys or ANSYS.
Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmLVS are the market share leaders in physical verification. Calibre also leads the market with innovative features such as incremental DRC, which ensures you can complete your design rule checking quickly and efficiently, and equation-based design rules, which let designers define continuous, three-dimensional functions that accurately and precisely reflect the complex physical interactions of today's nanometer designs....
I mentioned this at the 2017 CEO Outlook event last week and got some very interesting responses that made me believe that this is more than just a rumor. Thoughts?