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Cadence to Acquire Data Center Digital Twins Company Future Facilities

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced today it has agreed to acquire Future Facilities, a provider of electronics cooling analysis and energy performance optimization solutions for data centers using physics-based 3D digital twins. Terms were not disclosed.

“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’ products include an electronics thermal solution Cadence said will augments its Celsius Thermal Solver, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electronics cooling simulation technology built to optimize the performance and cooling efficiency of power-hungry 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 data center changes prior to implementation and during operations.

Future Facilities’ are used by hyperscale, enterprise data center, managed services and colocation providers, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Digital Realty, Equinix and Kao Data. Its 6Sigma Digital Twin simulation platform lets customers model 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.

By integrating CFD techniques with data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools and power and cooling modules, Future Facilities simulates the impact of changes in servers on physical capacity, power infrastructure and cooling. This designed to increase uptime and capacity utilization by predicting hotspots before they occur. The solution also is intended to improve data center power usage effectiveness (PUE) by eliminating redundant power consumption.

“The global data center market is driving the digital world and is immense with investments upwards of $200 billion a year,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “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.”

“Using advanced CFD brings tremendous benefits when analyzing thermal efficiencies in the data center,” said Hassan Moezzi, founder and CEO of Future Facilities. “We are excited to join the Cadence team and look forward to combining our data center and electronics technology solutions with Cadence’s expertise in Intelligent System Design to further advance performance, sustainability and energy efficiency from chip design to all elements of the data center right up to the chillers that are critical components in data center design and operations.”

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