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Synopsys, Inc, an American company, is the leading company by sales in the Electronic Design Automation industry3 Synopsys' first and best-known product is Design Compiler, a logic-synthesis tool Synopsys offers a wide range of other products used in the design of an application-specific integrated circuit Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, HDL SystemC, SystemVerilog/Verilog, VHDL simulators as well as transistor-level circuit simulation The simulators include development and debugging environments which assist in the design of the logic for chips and computer systems


  • 1 History
    • 11 Acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs
  • 2 Acquisitions
    • 21 ARC International
    • 22 Avanti Corporation
    • 23 CoWare
    • 24 Novas Software
    • 25 Numerical Technologies
    • 26 SpringSoft
    • 27 Synplicity
    • 28 Coverity
  • 3 Management team
  • 4 Notable persons
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Founded in 1986 by Dr Aart J de Geus and a team of engineers from General Electric's Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Synopsys was first established as "Optimal Solutions" with a charter to develop and market ground-breaking synthesis technology developed by the team at General Electric

Acquisitions, mergers, spinoffsedit

Building on the Hillsboro, Oregon, campus
  • 1994: acquired Cadis, Aachen, Germany Through this acquisition Synopsys got the communication systems and DSP design tool suit named COSSAP COSSAP stood for Communication System Simulation and Application Processor Synopsys carried out various communication predominantly wireless modems design and consulting activities using this tool and later the evolved new tool Co-centric System Studio The Cadis group was a spin-off development initiative from Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems ISS, RWTH Aachen, spearheaded by Professor Heinrich Meyr4 and Professor Gerd Ascheid5 COSSAP was a competing product to SPW6 from Cadence now maintained and enhanced by Coware7 Synopsys stopped support on COSSAP since 2003 and is now promoting the enhanced tool Cocentric System Studio
  • 1997: acquired EPIC Design Technology Inc, USA
  • 1997: acquired Viewlogic Systems, Inc, USA
  • 1998: acquired Systems Science, Inc
  • June 6, 2002: merger with Avanti Corporation, USA Avanti was founded when several ex-Cadence employees bought the startup ArcSys, which had previously merged with ISS, gaining Avanti its DRC/LVS tool Hercules including 3D silicon structure modeling, then bought Compass Design Automation, which had fully integrated IC Design Flow and ASIC Libraries, especially its place and route tool, which Avanti reworked to create Saturn and Apollo II; and it also bought TMA which brought their pioneering TCAD and Proteus Optical proximity correction tools This was, by far, Synopsys' most significant and controversial acquisition At the time Avanti was the #4 company in the EDA industry, and was struggling with a major lawsuit from Cadence for software theft8
Celebrating "Women's Day" Holiday Synopsys Armenia Education Department SAED Graduating Class
  • September 12, 2002: acquired Co-Design Automation, Inc USA Co-Design pioneered the Superlog language, a superset of the popular Verilog hardware description language, extending its capabilities into verification and system design Superlog formed the basis of The SystemVerilog language standardized by Accelera in 2003
  • September 20, 2002: acquired inSilicon Inc, USA
  • March 3, 2003: acquired Numerical Technologies, Inc USA, a pioneer in design for manufacturing software which included CATS mask fracturing Synopsys paid about $250 million in cash
  • February 23, 2004: acquired Accelerant Networks, USA
  • February 26, 2004: acquired assets of Analog Design Automation, Inc, USA
  • October 2004: acquired assets of Monterey Design Systems, Inc, USA
  • October 18, 2004: acquired Cascade Semiconductor Solutions Inc, USA
  • November 2, 2004: acquired Integrated Systems Engineering AG ISE, Switzerland, a TCAD company
  • November 2, 2004: acquired assets of LEDA Design, Inc, USA, a developer of mixed-signal intellectual property
  • 2004: After acquiring Monterey Arset and Leda Design, Opened Synopsys Armenia CJSC Home to 8% of the company's worldwide engineering force9
  • December 1, 2004: agreement to acquire Nassda Corp, USA, an integrated circuit simulator company and settle the litigation between the two companies
  • December 7, 2005: Acquired HPL Technologies,10 a semiconductor analysis software manufacturer that makes software specializing in wafer design analysis and yield enhancement for wafer process
  • May 16, 2006, announced expanding its presence in electronic system-level ESL design by acquiring Virtio Corporation, creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development
  • June 21, 2006: Santiago Chile, Synopsys R&D Center Chile Opening
  • August 16, 2006: Acquired Sigma-C a Munich-based lithography simulation company11
  • June 18, 2007: Acquired ArchPro Design Automation Inc
  • July 30, 2007: Purchased certain semiconductor IP assets from MOSAID Technologies12
  • October 2, 2007: Acquired Sandwork Design13
  • March 30, 2008: Announced acquisition of Synplicity, the leader in FPGA synthesis and rapid prototyping technology14
  • December 18, 2008: Acquired ChipIT Business Unit from ProDesign Electronic GmbH, Germany15
  • May 8, 2009: Acquired Analog Business Group Chipidea from MIPS Technologies16
  • Feb 2, 2010: Acquires VaST Systems Technology Corporation
  • Feb 8, 2010: Announces an acquisition of CoWare Inc17
  • June 10, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Synfora Inc18
  • June 10, 2010: Announces definitive agreement to acquire Virage Logic 19
  • Sep 2, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Virage Logic Corporation20
  • Oct 7, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Optical Research Associates21
  • Sep 2, 2011: Announces an acquisition of nSys Design Systems22
  • Oct 7, 2011: Announces an acquisition of Extreme DA23
  • Nov 2011: Announces an acquisition of Magma Design Automation for $735/Share In Cash24
  • Feb 15, 2012: Completes acquisition of the mask patterning business of Luminescent Technologies, Inc, thus adding Inverse Lithography Technology ILT to its manufacturing product line
  • Feb 22, 2012: Completes acquisition of Magma Design Automation with the cash value of transaction of about $523 million, or $735 per Magma share
  • May 8, 2012: Announces an acquisition of RSoft Design Group25
  • July 30, 2012: Announces acquisition of Ciranova26
  • Aug 3, 2012: Announces an acquisition of SpringSoft for $406 million27
  • Feb 19, 2014: Announces acquisition of Coverity for $350 million28
  • May 15, 2014: Announces acquisition of Kalistick for an undisclosed amount29
  • September 18, 2014: AMD and Synopsys entered into a multi-year agreement which grants AMD access to Synopsys’ design IP In return Synopsys gets access to a team of AMD IP and R&D engineers According to Mark Papermaster, AMD’s senior Vice President and CTO, “We have partnered with Synopsys for tools and IP for more than a decade, and this expanded relationship is a great example of leveraging high-quality, standard IP for cost-effective reuse across multiple solutions”30
  • April 20, 2015: Announces acquisition of Codenomicon31
  • June 7, 2015: Announces acquisition of Atrenta32
  • August, 2015: Acquired Atrenta Inc33
  • November 6, 2015: Acquired Protecode 34
  • March 2016: Announces acquisition of WinterLogic35
  • May 2016: Announces acquisition of Simpleware Ltd,UK on March 15, 201636
  • May 23, 2016: Synopsys acquires Gold Standard Simulations Ltd37
  • November 7, 2016: Acquired Cigital and Codiscope 38


ARC Internationaledit

ARC Embedded Processors
Type Private company
Industry Digital IP
Embedded Processor Cores
DSP Cores
Headquarters Mountain View, California
Key people Yankin Tanurhan, VP Processors, SoC, and NVM
Products Processor IP
Number of employees 110 before acquisition
Website Official website

ARC International PLC was the designer of ARC Argonaut RISC Core embedded processors, which were widely used in SoC devices for IoT, storage, digital home, mobile, and automotive applications ARC processors have been licensed by more than 200 companies and are shipped in more than 15 Billion products per year39 ARC International was acquired by Synopsys in 2010

The roots of ARC International date back to the early 1990s The company was founded by Jez San to build upon the 3D accelerator technology previously developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System by a division of Argonaut Software This forerunner to the ARC was originally called the Mario Mathematical, Argonaut, Rotation & I/O chip and later dubbed the Super FX It went on to sell millions, at the time outselling ARM or any other RISC core40


Following the success of the Super FX, its designers were split from the main company to a subsidiary called Argonaut Technology Ltd ATL The design was renamed to ARC and marketed as a general-purpose configurable microprocessor Later, ATL spun off as a separate company, ARC International In 1995 Bob Terwilliger took over as ARC's first CEO He created the company licensing strategy, commercialized the product including the acquisition of Metaware, VAutomation and Precise Software He raised $50 million pre-IPO and took the company public in September 2000, raising an additional $250 million

A list of notable events following:

  • September 21, 2000, ARC listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARK42
  • June 17, 2002, ARC took over three companies, MetaWare, VAutomation, and Precise Software Technologies 43 but later parts were sold off to other companies
  • April 2007, ARC acquired Teja Technologies of San Jose, California, a specialist in heterogeneous multiprocessor software4445
  • June 14, 2007, ARC acquired Tenison Design Automation of Cambridge, UK, a provider of software tools used to help develop system-on-chip SoC designs4647
  • September 23, 2007, ARC acquired Alarity Corporation of St Petersburg, Russia, that specializes in codec software, firmware, and advanced multimedia architectures484950
  • February 11, 2008, ARC acquired Sonic Focus, a specialist developer of audio enhancement technology for digital sound51
  • July 29, 2009, ARC confirmed they were in discussions with a third party regarding an offer for the company
  • August 18, 2009, Virage Logic Announces Intent to Acquire ARC International'52
  • September 15, 2009, Virage Logic Declares Offer to Acquire ARC International Unconditional in All Respects53
  • November 5, 2009, Virage Logic completes acquisition of ARC International54
  • June 10, 2010, Synopsys declares offer to acquire Virage Logic including ARC
  • September 2, 2010, Synopsys completes acquisition of Virage Logic55

Avanti Corporationedit

Avanti Corporation the 'i' in "Avanti" is upside down, so it is also often seen as Avant! was an electronic design automation company, purchased by Synopsys in 2002 see wikt:avanti for the meaning of the word


CoWare, Inc
Type Private
Industry Software & Programming
Founded 1996
Headquarters San Jose, California
Key people Alan Naumann,
Website wwwcowarecom

CoWare, now part of Synopsys, was a supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level ESL design software and services CoWare was headquartered in San Jose, California, and had offices around the world, major R&D offices in Belgium, Germany and India

CoWare development was initiated by the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre IMEC in Belgium as an internal project in 199256 In 1996, CoWare spun off as an independent company57 CoWare is one of the founding member of SystemC language58 In 2005, CoWare acquired the Signal Processing department from Cadence59 On February 8, 2010, Synopsys has announced an acquisition of CoWare60

Its products included : Platform Architect, Model Designer, Model Library, Processor Designer, Signal Processing Designer and Virtual Platform Designer

Novas Softwareedit

Novas Software
Former type Private Company
Fate Acquisition
Founded 1996
Defunct 2008
Headquarters San Jose, California
Key people Scott Sandler, President & CEO
Products Debussy Debug System
Verdi Automated Debug
Siloti Visibility Enhancement
Website wwwnovascom

Novas Software often referred to as "Novas" was a company founded in 1996 by Dr Paul Huang to address the ongoing problem of debugging chip designs Novas was purchased by Taiwan-based EDA company SpringSoft in May 2008 Prior to its purchase, Novas was partly owned by SpringSoft, which developed the underlying debug technology61 Until 2008, Novas grew to employ over 50 people with office locations across the world, headquartered in San Jose, California SpringSoft and Novas was acquired by Synopsys in 2012

Novas offered debugging and visibility enhancement products that cut down on verification time Novas' main product offerings included the Debussy Debug System, Verdi Automated Debug System and the Siloti family of Visibility Enhancement products A 2006 study found Novas Software to be the sixth most-used EDA vendor62 Along with this, Novas Software topped the user satisfaction ratings with 100% of respondents in Europe, 83% in North America & 69% in Asia saying they were either "very" or "somewhat" satisfied63 This distinction was also awarded to Novas Software for the four years prior to 2006

Numerical Technologiesedit

Numerical Technologies, Inc was a San Jose, California, United States based EDA public NASDAQ: NMTC company The company is primarily known for its IP portfolio, software tools and services covering alternating Phase Shift Mask alt-PSM Technology providing sub-wavelength design to manufacturing solutions On March 3, 2003 it was acquired by Synopsys


Type Public Company
Traded as TWSE: 2473
Founded 1996
Headquarters Hsinchu, Taiwan
Key people Martin Lu, CEO
Products Debussy Debug System
Verdi Automated Debug
Siloti Visibility Enhancement
Website SpringSoft

SpringSoft is a software company that developed VLSI design and debugging software The company was founded with a grant from the Taiwanese National Science Council in February 1996

In 1997, SpringSoft established Novas Software in Silicon Valley to market Springsoft's VLSI Debugging software SpringSoft created a custom layout tool called Laker and a US-based company called Silicon Canvas In May 2008, SpringSoft purchased Novas Software Silicon Canvas and combined them to form the wholly owned subsidiary SpringSoft USA SpringSoft employed over 400 people with office locations across the world

Synopsys announced its acquisition of SpringSoft in 201264


Synplicity Inc was a supplier of software solutions for design of programmable logic devices FPGAs, PLDs and CPLDs used for communications, military/aerospace, consumer, semiconductor, computer and other electronic systems Synplicity’s tools provided logic synthesis, physical synthesis, and verification functions for FPGA, FPGA-based ASIC prototyping, and DSP designers Synplicity was listed on Nasdaq until it was acquired by Synopsys for $227 million 65 in a transaction finalized May 15, 2008 Synplicity was founded by Ken McElvain Chief Technical Officer and Alisa Yaffa former CEO


Coverity, Inc
Type Private
Industry Development testing
Fate Acquired by Synopsys
Founded November 2002
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Key people Andreas Kuehlmann SVP & GM
Products Coverity Code Advisor, Coverity Code Advisor on Demand, Coverity Scan, Coverity Test Advisor, Seeker
Number of employees 250+
Website https://coveritycom/
Main article: Coverity

Coverity was a provider of software development tools Coverity's tools operated via Static and Dynamic software analysis, and were capable of finding defects related to security, stability, and testing In February 2014, Coverity announced an agreement to be acquired by Synopsys, for $350 million net of cash on hand66

Management teamedit

  • Dr Aart J de Geus, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer67
  • Dr Chi-Foon Chan, President and co-Chief Executive Officer67
  • Brian Beattie, Executive Vice President
  • Trac Pham, Chief Financial Officer

Notable personsedit

  • Aart J de Geus, founder
  • Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, co-founder
  • Deborah A Coleman, independent director, former CFO and VP of Operations at Apple Computer68

See alsoedit

  • List of EDA companies


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  23. ^ "Synopsys Acquires Extreme DA" Eetimescom 2011-10-08 Retrieved 2013-02-20 
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  33. ^ By Paul McLellan, SemiWiki “Michael Sanie Plays the Synopsys Verification Variations” August 31, 2015 May 20, 2016
  34. ^ "Synopsys Extends Software Integrity Platform with Acquisition of Open Source Software Management Company Protecode" newssynopsyscom Retrieved 2016-12-14 
  35. ^ By Staff, StreetInsider “Synopsys SNPS Announces Acquisition of WinterLogic” March 2, 2016 June 24, 2016
  36. ^ By Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering “Synopsys Buys Simpleware” May 20, 2016 May 20, 2016
  37. ^ By Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering “Synopsys Buys Gold Standard Simulations” May 23, 2016 Retrieved June 24, 2016
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  58. ^ Babel of languages competing for role in SoC - http://wwweetimescom/ip99/ip99story1html
  59. ^ Cadence has granted CoWare an exclusive license to sell and develop Cadence's Signal Processing Workstation SPW tool, and Co-Ware has taken over Cadence's ESL group http://wwweetimescom/showArticlejhtmlarticleID=18309425
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  61. ^ EETimescom - SpringSoft, Novas agree to merge
  62. ^ EETimes July 2006 study located here
  63. ^ EETimes July 2006 study with graph of findings here
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External linksedit

  • Synopsys Web Site
  • Synopsys SolvNet
  • Synopsys Users Group
  • Synopsys Asia Pacific
  • Synopsys Japan
  • Synopsys Europe
  • Events@Synopsys
  • Synopsys Corporate Blogs
  • Synopsys Publications

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