Instruments announced it signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire AWR
Corporation (AWR) for $58 million.
is a supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing RF and
high-frequency components and systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and
defense, communications and test equipment industries.
the closing of the transaction, AWR will continue to operate as a wholly owned
NI subsidiary under
the leadership of the existing management team.
fast design cycles and increasing complexity of RF and wireless systems demand
better integration between design and test. RF system designers need to
validate their simulations with actual measurements, while RF test engineers
need to increase test reuse and decrease test time through more design
increasing the effectiveness of the integration between AWR design tools and NI
software and hardware, NI and AWR together can significantly improve customer
productivity through increased connectivity between design, validation and
production test functions.
AWR has an exceptional team with strong RF talent and technologies that expand
the NI platform into RF design, which is complementary to our capability to
make measurements across the RF design flow,” said James Truchard,
president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments.
believe this combination will accelerate the deployment of RF and wireless
technologies and offers a significant benefit to the customers of both
companies,” Truchard added.
Both NI and AWR deliver unique strengths that together will enable customers to
more productively design and test their RF systems.
acquisition will strengthen both companies’ core software brands, NI LabVIEW, AWR Microwave
Office and Visual System Simulator, as well as the NI RF testing hardware
platform. The full suite of AWR design tools in combination with a complete RF
testing platform from NI will give customers a platform to decrease the time to
market of their RF designs.
will also augment its current academic and university RF and communications
initiatives to include AWR software tools, so educators and students can
benefit from the improved teaching and learning experience for the rapid design
and prototyping of RF systems.