When you hear the phrase, “Massively Parallel Processor Array” what company name comes to mind?

Did you think, Ambric?

No, neither did I, which maybe explains why this Oregon-based start-up closed down recently. Looking at their website it shows that they have a real product family, real customers and a real advantage over conventional design methods for applications in video, medical and wireless.

I met with two former Ambric folks on Friday to hear their story of changing the world only to have their venture financing come to a stop. They are true believers in applying parallel processing to solve some of the toughest computational problems out there. Let’s see if the assets of Ambric end up in friendly hands that can make a profit.

In the EDA space I see increasing efforts to apply parallel processing for: DRC, LVS, OPC and SPICE.