Synopsys (/səˈnäpsəs) is an American electronic design automation company based in Mountain View, California that focuses on silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property and software security and quality. Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, hardware description language (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. In recent years, Synopsys has expanded its products and services to include application security testing. Their technology is present in self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and internet of things consumer products.
|Industry||Software & Programming|
|Predecessor||C Level Design|
|Founded||1986 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.|
|Founder||David Gregory |
Aart de Geus
|Headquarters||Mountain View, California, U.S.|
|Aart J. de Geus|
(Founder, Chairman & co-CEO)
(President & co-CEO)
|Revenue||$3.3 billion USD (FY 2019)|
|$625 million USD (FY 2019)|
Number of employees
|Divisions||Silicon Design & Verification, Silicon Intellectual Property, Software Integrity Group|
- 1 History
- 2 Divisions
- 2.1 Silicon Design & Verification
- 2.2 Silicon Intellectual Property
- 2.3 Software Integrity
- 3 Products
- 4 See also
- 5 References
Synopsys was founded by Aart J de Geus and David Gregory in 1986 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The was initially established as Optimal Solutions with a charter to develop and market synthesis technology developed by the team at General Electric. They have evolved to become a leader in electronic design automation, semiconductor intellectual property, and software security solutions.
Synopsys has three primary areas of business including silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property, and software integrity. In order to preserve the full history of these acquisitions, we have included the history across these three business units.
Silicon Design & VerificationEdit
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 1992. In 1996, CoWare spun off as an independent company. CoWare is one of the founding member of SystemC language. In 2005, CoWare acquired the Signal Processing department from Cadence. On February 8, 2010, Synopsys has announced an acquisition of CoWare.
Its products included : Platform Architect, Model Designer, Model Library, Processor Designer, Signal Processing Designer and Virtual Platform Designer.
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 technology. 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 vendor. 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" satisfied. This distinction was also awarded to Novas Software for the four years prior to 2006.
Numerical Technologies, Inc. was a San Jose, California, United States based EDA public (NASDAQ: NMTC) company. The company was 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 October 27, 2000 Numerical Technologies acquired Cadabra Design Automation, Inc. (Cadabra), a provider of automated IC layout cell creation technology used to create the building blocks for standard cell, semi-custom and custom integrated circuits. Purchase price: $99 million.
On March 3, 2003 it was acquired by Synopsys.
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 2012.
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 in a transaction finalized May 15, 2008. Synplicity was founded by Ken McElvain (Chief Technical Officer) and Alisa Yaffa (former CEO).
Silicon Intellectual PropertyEdit
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 1.5 Billion products per year. 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 core.
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 ARK.
- June 17, 2002, ARC took over three companies, MetaWare, VAutomation, and Precise Software Technologies but later parts were sold off to other companies.
- April 2007, ARC acquired Teja Technologies of San Jose, California, a specialist in heterogeneous multiprocessor software.
- June 14, 2007, ARC acquired Tenison Design Automation of Cambridge, UK, a provider of software tools used to help develop system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
- September 23, 2007, ARC acquired Alarity Corporation of St. Petersburg, Russia, that specializes in codec software, firmware, and advanced multimedia architectures.
- February 11, 2008, ARC acquired Sonic Focus, a specialist developer of audio enhancement technology for digital sound.
- November 5, 2009, Virage Logic completes acquisition of ARC International.
Synopsys announced its acquisition of Virage Logic on June 10, 2010.
The research and development for Clarified Networks' tools began in 2002 and continued for four years in the Oulu University Secure Programming Group (OUSPG) before Clarified Networks spun off from the research group in 2006.
In 2011, the company was acquired by Codenomicon.
In 2015, Synopsys announced its acquisition of Codenomicon.
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 hand.
Black Duck SoftwareEdit
In November 2017, Synopsys acquired Black Duck Software, a software firm based in Burlington, MA that focuses on Software Composition Analysis. The Black Duck Hub solution scans source and binary code for open source libraries and components, providing visibility into license and security risks that may impact organizations in a major way.
Across the three core business areas, Synopsys has products and services ranging from silicon to software.
The silicon design and verification tools focus on integrated chip design including: Fusion Design Platform, Visually-Assisted Layout Automation using Custom Design Platform, FPGA based Design and managed Synopsys design services.
The silicon intellectual property tools integrate into System on a Chip (SoCs) designs and architecture.
This business unit provides integrated application security testing tools and managed and professional services. The Polaris Software Integrity PlatformTM brings together multiple security testing technologies and product lines via CI/CD workflows. Another component of Polaris is the Code Sight IDE plugin that integrates with a developers coding workflow in an interactive and integrated approach. These tools include: Coverity (Static Code Analysis Testing), Black Duck (Open Source Software Testing and Compliance), Seeker (Interactive Application Security Testing), Defensics (Fuzz Testing), and an eLearning platform that provides either instructor lead training or an on-demand course catalog.
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