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Synopsys buys EDA firm Ciranova

Posted: 01 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDA  custom integrated circuit design  nanometre  Interoperable PDK Libraries 

Synopsys, Inc. has acquired a privately-held electronic design automation (EDA) firm Ciranova for an undisclosed amount.

According to Synopsys, Ciranova is focused on delivering productivity improvements in custom IC design by reducing the time and effort needed to develop transistor-level layout on advanced nodes.

With this acquisition, Synopsys intends to utilise Ciranova's technology to accelerate advancements in its custom integrated circuit (IC) design solutions and "enable design teams to better meet the productivity challenges created by the complexity of nanometre designs."

"Adding Ciranova's technology and engineering talent to the Synopsys custom IC solution team supports our goal to make continual gains in productivity for designers working on advanced custom IC designs. This acquisition creates an opportunity to deliver productivity gains by integrating Ciranova's Helix placer with Synopsys' custom design solution," said Paul Lo, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' Analog Mixed-Signal Group.

"The combination of Synopsys and Ciranova – both founding members of the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance – underscores Synopsys' commitment to enabling an interoperable Process Design Kit (iPDK) ecosystem. To ensure the long-term growth of the iPDK ecosystem, Synopsys will continue providing Ciranova's PyCell Studio and PyCell usage at no charge."

The IPL Alliance is an industry standard organisation established to develop an interoperable eco-system for custom design. The current focus is to create and promote standards for interoperable PDK and analogue constraints. There are currently 28 member companies. The board of directors consists of individuals from Ciranova, SpringSoft, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys and TSMC.





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