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Simulating in the Cloud

Simulating in the Cloud
by Paul McLellan on 09-13-2011 at 1:43 pm

Yesterday I met with David Hsu who is the marketing guy for Synopsys’s cloud computing solution that they announced at their user-group meeting earlier this year. It was fun to catch up; David used to work for me back in VLSI days although he was an engineer writing place and route software back then.

David admits that this is… Read More


Synopsys STAR Webinar, embedded memory test and repair solutions

Synopsys STAR Webinar, embedded memory test and repair solutions
by Eric Esteve on 09-12-2011 at 8:16 am

The acquisitions of Virage Logic by Synopsys in 2010, have allowed building a stronger, diversified IP port-folio, including the embedded SRAM, embedded non-volatile memory and embedded test and repair solution. Looking back in time, I remember the end of the 80’s: at that time the up-to-date solution to embed SRAM in your ASIC… Read More


What changes to expect in Verification IP landscape after Synopsys acquisition of nSys?

What changes to expect in Verification IP landscape after Synopsys acquisition of nSys?
by Eric Esteve on 09-05-2011 at 4:53 am

Even if nSys acquisition by Synopsys will not have a major impact on Synopsys’ balance sheet, it is a kind of earthquake in the Verification market landscape. After the Denali acquisition by Cadence in 2010, nSys was most probably the market leader in verification IP, if we look at the independent VIP providers (excluding Cadence).… Read More


I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…

I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…
by Paul McLellan on 08-31-2011 at 8:00 pm

The CEO panel at the 2nd GTC wasn’t especially enlightening. The theme was that going forward will require cooperation for success and everyone was really ready to cooperate.

The most interesting concept was Aart talking about moving from what he called “scale complexity” aka Moore’s law to what he … Read More


Yalta in EDA: but Synopsys ultra dominant in Interface IP territory…

Yalta in EDA: but Synopsys ultra dominant in Interface IP territory…
by Eric Esteve on 08-10-2011 at 10:32 am

If Cadence is making money with large VIP port-folio, Synopsys has successfully deployed an acquisition strategy to build a large Design IP port-folio. Looking at these acquisitions will help understanding Synopsys positioning in the IP market. When they have started this acquisition campaign, back in 2002, their market shareRead More


SNUG outside Silicon Valley

SNUG outside Silicon Valley
by Paul McLellan on 08-05-2011 at 6:04 pm

SNUG in Silicon Valley was in March so either you were there or you’ve missed it. But it is the summer (and fall) of SNUG in the rest of the world:

SNUG China (in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen) on August 22nd-30th
SNUG Singapore on August 23rd
SNUG Taiwan (in Hsinchu) on August 25-26th
SNUG Japan (in Tokyo) on September 7th
SNUG … Read More


Synopsys MIPI Webinar

Synopsys MIPI Webinar
by Eric Esteve on 07-26-2011 at 6:05 am

Synopsys MIPI Webinar: MIPI is really getting traction

Synopsys last two acquisitions of IP vendors, former ChipIdea in 2009 (Mixed-signal product line of MIPS) and Virage Logic in 2010, have allowed to built a stronger, diversified IP port-folio. Amazingly, Synopsys has found MIPI IP product line in the basket in both cases.… Read More


Synopsys Virtualizer

Synopsys Virtualizer
by Paul McLellan on 07-19-2011 at 8:00 am

As you probably know, Synopsys last year acquired VaST and CoWare and a couple of years early had acquired Virtio. All three companies primarily competed in the virtual platform market. In addition, Synopsys is the #2 IP company (behind ARM) and has a wide range of tools for SoC design. So the interesting question is how would they… Read More


EDA Interoperability at DAC

EDA Interoperability at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-17-2011 at 4:42 pm

Intro
My Wednesday breakfast at DAC last week was at the Interoperability event sponsored by Synopsys. The Synopsys moderator was so jovial that he reminded me of Jerry Lewis, I was relieved when the guests gave us an update.

Notes
Interconnect Modeling- Open Source Interconnect Technology Format (ITF)o Used by Star RC

–… Read More


Synopsys IC Validator at DAC

Synopsys IC Validator at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-14-2011 at 3:14 pm

Intro
At DAC last week I visited the Synopsys demo suite to see what’s new with IC Validator.


Notes
Stelios Diamantidis, PMM
– In-design physical verification
– Sign-off reveals thousands of late stage DRC violations
– 28nm has 1.5K rules, 15K runset sizes
– Metal Fill changes timing
– The… Read More