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AMD, Synopsys extend IP deal

Posted: 22 Sep 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AMD  Synopsys  FinFET  IP  SoC 

Synopsys Inc. and AMD have entered a multi-year partnership that gives AMD access to a range of Synopsys DesignWare interface, memory compiler, logic library and analogue IP on advanced 16/14nm and 10nm FinFET process technologies. Synopsys is also hiring nearly 150 AMD IP R&D engineers and gains access to AMD's interface and foundation IP.

Synopsys is developing silicon-proven IP for advanced process technologies, providing designers with a broad range of high-quality IP for integration into SoCs and delivering expert technical support. For 45 years, AMD has developed and integrated many forms of complex IP into advanced processors, graphics cards and related SoCs, the company stated. By licensing proven, standard IP from Synopsys and transferring interface and foundation IP to Synopsys, AMD can focus its valuable engineering resources on its ongoing product differentiation and IP reuse strategy and realise long-term cost efficiencies.

"Today's announcement aligns with AMD's continuing IP development strategy to focus our internal teams on designing the innovative 64bit processor, graphics and peripheral IP that forms the foundation for our competitive differentiation, while leveraging Synopsys, the industry leader for cost-effective development of complementary standard IP components, for our future SoCs," said Mark Papermaster, AMD SVP and CTO. "We've 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."

"We are excited to expand our relationship with AMD through this partnership and look forward to their experienced IP R&D team joining Synopsys," said Joachim Kunkel, SVP and GM of the solutions group at Synopsys. "These agreements are an example of how our customers are engaging with us in long-term, collaborative partnerships to meet their IP requirements and enable them to focus their efforts on product differentiation."

AMD cost efficiencies from these agreements are contemplated in the company's 2014 quarterly non-GAAP operating expense guidance of roughly $420 million to $450 million.





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