Profile: Synopsys Inc (SNPS.OQ)
29 Jun 2016
Synopsys, Inc., incorporated on May 7, 1987, provides software, intellectual property (IP) and services. The Company supplies the electronic design automation (EDA) software that engineers use to design and test integrated circuits (ICs), also known as chips. The Company also offers IP products, which are pre-designed circuits that engineers use as components of larger chip designs rather than designing those circuits themselves. The Company provides software and hardware used to develop the electronic systems that incorporate chips and the software that runs on them. The Company provides technical services to support its solutions and help its customers develop chips and electronic systems. The Company is also a provider of software tools that developers use to develop software code in a range of industries, including electronics, financial services, energy and industrials. The Company offers products and services in four categories: core EDA; IP, Systems and Software Integrity; Manufacturing Solutions, and Professional Services and Other.
The Company's Core EDA products include digital and custom IC design software, verification products, and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design software. The process of designing ICs contains steps, including architecture definition, register transfer level (RTL) design, functional/RTL verification, logic design or synthesis, gate-level verification, floorplanning, and place and route. Designers use the Company's Core EDA products to automate the integrated circuit design process and to reduce errors. The Company offers Core EDA products in categories, including digital and custom IC design, which includes software tools to design the IC; verification, which includes technology to verify that an IC design behaves as intended, and FPGA Design, which includes software tools to design FPGAs.
The Company's Galaxy Design Platform provides its customers with a single, integrated chip design solution that includes individual products and incorporates common libraries and consistent timing, delay calculation and constraints throughout the design process. The Company's products span digital, custom and analog/mixed-signal designs. The Company's principal design products, available as part of the Galaxy Design Platform or as individual point tools, are its IC Compiler and IC Compiler II physical design solutions; Design Compiler logic synthesis product; Galaxy Custom Designer and Laker Layout custom design solutions; PrimeTime timing analysis products and StarRC product for extraction, and IC Validator tool for physical verification.
The Company's Verification Continuum platform provides virtual prototyping, static and formal verification, simulation, emulation, FPGA-based prototyping, and debugs in a unified environment with verification IP and planning and coverage technology. The individual products included in Verification Continuum span both its Core EDA and IP, Systems and Software Integrity categories. The Company's Verification Compiler solution, which is a portfolio of verification technologies that include advanced debug (its Verdi solution); simulation (its VCS RTL verification technology); static and formal verification technology; verification IP, and planning and coverage technology. The Company's ZeBu emulation systems uses hardware to emulate system on a chip (SoC) designs. The Company's other principal individual verification solutions include CustomSim FastSPICE and FineSim SPICE/FastSPICE circuit simulation and analysis products; HSPICE circuit simulator, Spyglass static verification products, and CustomExplorer Ultra mixed-signal regression and analysis environment. FPGAs are complex chips that can be customized or programmed to perform a specific function after they are manufactured. For FPGA design, the Company offers Synplify Pro and Premier implementation and Identify debug software tools.
IP, Systems and Software Integrity
The Company's IP, Systems and Software Integrity solutions include its DesignWare IP portfolio, its system-level design products, and its software quality and security testing solutions. The Company's DesignWare IP portfolio includes solutions for wired and wireless interfaces, such as universal serial bus (USB), Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Express, double data rate (DDR), Ethernet, serial advanced technology attachment (SATA), mobile industry processor interface (MIPI), high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), and Bluetooth Smart. DesignWare IP portfolio also includes logic libraries and embedded memories, including static random-access memory (SRAMs) and non-volatile memory; configurable processor cores and application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) for embedded and deeply embedded designs; IP subsystems for audio and sensor functionality that combine IP blocks and software into an integrated, pre-verified solution, and security IP, which includes cryptographic cores, security protocol accelerators and co-processors, embedded security IP modules, secure boot and cryptography middleware; content protection IP for integration into SoCs; analog IP for analog-to-digital data conversion and audio, and SoC infrastructure IP, including minPower datapath components, ARM AMBA interconnect fabric and peripherals, and verification IP.
The Company offers DesignWare IP with DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits, DesignWare IP Virtual Development Kits, and IP subsystems to accelerate prototyping, software development, and integration of IP into SoCs. The Company offers IP portfolios for applications in specific markets, such as mobile, cloud computing, Internet of Things, digital home, digital office, and automotive that combine its DesignWare IP offerings. The Company's Platform Architect software enables exploration of SoC architectural trade-offs. The Company offers signal processing worksystem (SPW) and System Studio tools for algorithm design, Processor Designer software for custom processor design; application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIP) Designer software for the design of ASIP, and Synphony Model and C Compilers for high-level synthesis. The Company's Saber platform models and simulates the behavior of power electronic and mechatronic systems.
The Company's Virtualizer tool and a portfolio of transaction-level models enable the creation of virtual prototypes. The high-performance ASIC prototyping (HAPS) FPGA-based prototyping systems integrate hardware and software tools with real-world interfaces. Its hybrid prototyping solution combines both approaches to prototyping, integrating Virtualizer virtual prototyping with HAPS FPGA-based prototyping. Its hybrid prototyping solution combines both approaches to prototyping, integrating Virtualizer virtual prototyping with HAPS FPGA-based prototyping. It also provides a series of tools used in the design of optical systems and photonic devices. Its CODE V solution enables engineers to model, analyze and optimize designs for optical imaging and communication systems. Its LightTools design and analysis software allows designers to simulate and improve the performance of a range of illumination systems, from vehicle lighting to projector systems.
The Company's Software Integrity platform includes software quality and security testing tools. The Company's Coverity products include its Code Advisor solution, composed of its Quality Advisor and Security Advisor software tools, which analyze software code to find crash-causing bugs, incorrect program behavior, memory leaks and other performance-degrading flaws, security vulnerabilities, violations of security best practices, and other critical code issues. Its Codenomicon products include the Defensics security-testing platform, which tests for security vulnerabilities in software code, particularly network protocols and file formats, by sending invalid or unexpected inputs to the system under test. The Company's Codenomicon AppCheck software tool scans binary code to identify incorporated third-party code and any known security vulnerabilities of such code. Its Protecode technology scans for the use of open source code and helps manage the associated license and security risks. Its AbuseSA platform aggregates, contextualizes and visualizes security threat data from a range of sources.
The Company offers manufacturing solutions software products and technologies for semiconductor manufacturers. These products are used in the early research and development Phase and the production Phase. In the production Phase, manufacturers use these products to convert IC design layouts into the masks used to manufacture the devices. The Company's manufacturing solutions include Sentaurus Technology computer-aided design (TCAD) device and process simulation products; Proteus mask synthesis tools; CATS mask data preparation product, and Yield Explorer and Odyssey/Yield Manager yield management solutions.
Professional Services and Other
The Company provides consulting and design services that address all Phases of the SoC development process. These services assist its customers with new tool and methodology adoption; chip architecture and specification development; functional and low-power design and verification, and physical implementation and signoff. The Company also provides a range of training and workshops on its tools and methodologies.
The Company competes with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corporation.
690 E Middlefield Rd
MOUNTAIN VIEW CA 94043-4010
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