Cadence to acquire data center digital twins expert Future Facilities

July 11, 2022
Future Facilities provides engineering simulation-driven, physics-based 3D digital twins for sustainable data center design and operations.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) on July 11 announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Future Facilities, a provider of electronics cooling analysis and energy performance optimization technology for data center design and operations using physics-based 3D digital twins.

According to a press release, the addition of Future Facilities’ technologies and expertise will support the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling companies to make informed business decisions about data center design, operations and lifecycle management to reduce their carbon footprint. Specifically, Future Facilities’ product portfolio includes an electronics thermal solution that augments Cadence’s Celsius Thermal Solver platform, as well as innovative computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electronics cooling simulation technology that optimizes the performance and cooling efficiency of power-hungry data centers.

Future Facilities’ technology virtualizes the data center ecosystem, creating a 3D digital twin that allows operators to predict, visualize and quantify the impact of any change in the data center prior to implementation and during operations. This allows customers to optimize business goals with facility design and operational efficiencies. The technology is used by top global hyperscale, enterprise data center, managed services and colocation providers, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Digital Realty, Equinix and Kao Data.

Value proposition

Data center design and operation involves a complex supply chain—construction, services, IT and electronics—including the design of efficient domain-specific chips to PCBs to the chillers for cooling. By integrating CFD techniques with a wide range of 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 increases uptime and capacity utilization by predicting hotspots before they occur. The solution also improves 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.”

Future Facilities’ 6Sigma Digital Twin simulation and optimization platform lets customers model and analyze 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. Per the company's statement, the addition of Future Facilities’ experienced team and proven technologies will enable Cadence to provide comprehensive chip, package, PCB and system data center solutions that deliver efficiency gains and power savings and minimize downtime.

“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.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be immaterial to revenue and earnings this year and subject to customary closing conditions.

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