Synopsys Introduces Pilot Design Environment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, February 27 -- Production-Ready Environment integrates proven RTL-to-GDSII flow with new utilities to improve design productivity and tapeout predictability

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design
software, today announced the availability of the Synopsys® Pilot Design
Environment, a complete RTL-to-GDSII design system developed by Synopsys
Professional Services and based on Synopsys' Galaxy(TM) and Discovery(TM)
platforms. Synopsys' Pilot Design Environment provides a comprehensive,
production-ready design flow with built-in methodologies and utilities to
improve designer productivity and accelerate the tape-out of system-on-chip
designs. A high degree of automation and configurability enables customers to
adapt the environment to meet their project-specific technical and business
objectives. In addition, features for capturing and reporting project metrics
are integrated into the Pilot Design Environment, enabling customers to
monitor and measure project status and better predict achievement of key

"Synopsys' Pilot Design Environment helped us achieve multiple chip
tapeouts at a new technology node in a fraction of the time it would have
taken had we built the flow from scratch," said Gary Kirchner, director of
Electronic Hardware Design, Honeywell Aerospace. "Utilizing this design
environment, we are able to more quickly produce our customers' chips and
with lower risk."

Derived from the extensive experience of Synopsys' design services
organization and used by Synopsys consultants on dozens of customer design
projects each year, the Pilot Design Environment has demonstrated success at
improving design productivity and easing significant design transitions, such
as migration to a new process node or design methodology. A new graphical
user interface (GUI) simplifies setup and configuration of the design flow,
technology files and library data, accelerating the design team's
time-to-results and easing re-use of the design environment from one project
to the next. Since technology and library data is separated from design data,
users can quickly re-target the design to an alternate process or library,
re-using all or part of the design flow. Separately maintained global and
local scripts provide designer-level control of the design flow, enabling
designers to modify or tune it to specific project needs.

The Pilot Design Environment is also architected to facilitate multi-site
chip development, utilizing a standard data structure that enables
geographically-dispersed design teams to work within a common,
version-controlled design infrastructure.

"With project members in multiple locations, having a single, uniform
design environment is important to help ensure our team stays productive and
avoids the problems associated with process and data inconsistencies. The
Pilot Design Environment provides that valuable common infrastructure," said
Benny Chang, vice president of Engineering at Tundra Semiconductor.
"Additionally, the environment is robust and repeatable, allowing us to
accommodate late ECOs with minimal schedule impact."

The environment is tapeout-proven at process nodes from 0.25 micron to 65
nanometers. It features implementation and functional verification flows,
supporting the Discovery Verification Platform's VCS® Native Testbench and
Reference Verification Methodology (RVM), as well as the complete Galaxy
Design Platform, including leading tools such as IC Compiler. The environment
can be customized to support third-party or customers' internally-developed
tools. Advanced methodologies to address deep submicron design issues, such
as timing, signal integrity, power, design for test, and design for
manufacturing are incorporated into the design flow. Utilities for technology
file preparation as well as for qualifying and adjusting library and design
data enhance the design team's productivity and help avoid downstream
implementation problems by ensuring early and complete node, library and
design information.

The Pilot Design Environment is also capable of capturing and reporting
approximately 50 design and project-level metrics, providing a means for
understanding current project status, evaluating the remaining time and
resource requirements, and evaluating the impact to the design of changes to
the flow or design data. The ability to consistently monitor design
characteristics and resource utilization throughout the development process
enables systematic improvements to the design flow. Customers will be able to
take advantage of the productivity gains realized in each new release of the
Pilot Design Environment.

"With dozens of tapeouts to its credit, the Pilot Design Environment is a
validated solution that designers can leverage to achieve tapeouts in a more
efficient and predictable manner," said John Chilton, senior vice president
and general manager of Synopsys' Solutions Group. "This offering combines
Synopsys' unique expertise in tools, design flows, and chip design to help
customers avoid common project bottlenecks and more productively focus on
their designs and on whole product development."

Pricing and Availability

The Pilot Design Environment is deployed as a service by Synopsys
Professional Services and is available now to early adopters. Deployment
service fees vary depending on the amount of customization and associated
project needs, and include the environment deliverables. An annual support
contract is required.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in EDA software for semiconductor
design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and
verification platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global
electronics market, enabling the development and production of complex
systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and
design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market
for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and
has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan
and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

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