Accenture Canada buys XtremeEDA to expand “Cloud First” capabilities in edge computing

Accenture Canada buys XtremeEDA to expand “Cloud First” capabilities in edge computing

Accenture intends to acquire Ottawa-based silicon design services provider, XtremeEDA, to expand its capabilities in edge computing. This will bring all the XtremeEDA semiconductor engineering services under the purview of Accenture Canada, which will help customers manage physical edge devices and create interactive user experiences.

XtremeEDA provides custom silicon services for edge devices, cloud data centers, and AI/ML platforms for edge AI deployment.  The key offering from XtremeEDA is digital design verification, which is used to deliver advanced silicon verification services. Digital design verification is the most important step in a custom silicon manufacturing process, as it makes sure the designed silicon tapeout matches the customer requirements before volume production. Other services include processor and system integration services through verification, performance analysis and coherency testing.

“We believe silicon engineering has enormous potential to help organizations uncover new ways to differentiate and personalize experiences in the digital world,” said Karthik Narain, global lead of Accenture Cloud First. The XtremeEDA team’s expertise will help us bring more specialized, high-performance and scalable compute capabilities to our clients as they utilize the power of the Cloud Continuum to reinvent their enterprises.”

Accenture Cloud First is a multi-service group that Accenture created in 2020 to bring digital transformation across all industries. Accenture Cloud First combines domain expertise, experience in cloud change management, and cloud-ready operating models with security, data privacy, and the use of AI/ML techniques. At the time, the company announced a $3 billion investment to continue the advancements and accelerate enterprise move to the cloud and digital transformation.

“By combining XtremeEDA’s strong and deep experience in advance silicon design with Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities, we are poised to deliver more value for clients in specialized hardware, distributed cloud, decentralized edge computing and complex security needs,” said Jeffrey Russell, president of Accenture in Canada.

Accenture Canada has been expanding its footprint, with XtremeEDA being the fifth acquisition of note. Accenture recently acquired Gevity, a consulting firm focused on healthcare clients; Cloudworks, an Oracle Cloud service provider based in Toronto; Avenai, another Ottawa-based consultancy firm; and Callisto Integration, known for providing consultancy services in the digital manufacturing space.

In May 2022, Accenture announced a strategic partnership with Red Hat to accelerate solutions for cloud-driven edge computing. In the hybrid solution, Accenture’s Cloud First and Red Hat’s OpenShift will bring benefits to enterprise customers through innovation, speed, consumption, and scale.

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