Synopsys Advances EDA Tool Interoperability with Open Power Format and OpenVera Parser

10/16/2002 - Synopsys, the technology leader for complex integrated circuit (IC) design, announced the availability of its Switching Activity Interchange Format (SAIF) as an open source format and the release of an open source parser for the OpenVeraTM hardware verification language. Synopsys is highlighting these advancements at the tenth semiannual Synopsys electronic design automation (EDA) Interoperability Developers' Forum held in Sunnyvale, California.

SAIF is the EDA industry's most widely used power format that provides switching activity information to power optimization and analysis tools. By standardizing SAIF as an open source format, Synopsys is helping to streamline the design flow with the availability of a compact, proven format for simulators to capture the switching activity information needed by downstream power and reliability tools. Through Synopsys' Technology Access Program (TAP-inSM), EDA vendors and designers can immediately download the format and build interoperable tools and seamless flows based on SAIF. In addition, EDA standards organizations have direct access to SAIF for creating standards. The result is increased innovation and productivity for the design community.

"Power estimation has become increasingly important to designers as multimillion gate counts and unprecedented clock frequencies become more prevalent," said Bryon Moyer, senior director of tools and technical marketing at Actel Corporation. "Our Designer tool suite and Libero Integrated design environment support Synopsys' SAIF format, in line with Actel's commitment to industry standards. This simpler and more compact format will further enable designers to avoid the lengthy runtimes often associated with power calculation and verification."

Also announced at the EDA Interoperability Developers' Forum is the release of the new OpenVera parser. The OpenVera parser enables EDA developers to integrate tools with minimal effort, while saving time and risk normally associated with developing independent interfaces. The parser enables all EDA tools to follow the interface standard, ensuring continual compliance with OpenVera while greatly improving interoperability for EDA customers.

"Continuing developments such as the OpenVera parser demonstrate that Synopsys is setting the standard for open source software," Tarak Parikh, vice president of Product Engineering at @HDL. "With each new development, the OpenVera community gains access to a useful, evolving standard that includes the best input from a wide variety of expert sources."

"STARC recommends design flows for our members based on key, open interfaces. The open SAIF format exceeds STARC's expectations and requirements for a concise switching activity description format. STARC is pleased to see Synopsys providing SAIF as an open source format to further interoperability and will use SAIF as a key format in our endorsed low power flow," said Kenji Goto, design specialist at Toshiba and chairman of the STARC technical subworking group for IP description. "Functional verification continues to be a resource intensive task for complex designs. The OpenVera parser will help to advance EDA tool interoperability and stimulate the creation of new tools to ease the verification bottleneck because not only syntax but also semantics of OpenVera will be open."

Tenth EDA Interoperability Developers' Forum
The theme of Synopsys' tenth EDA Interoperability Developers' forum is "The Power of Open Source Formats" and features a keynote address by Simon Segars, executive vice president of Engineering at ARM. The forum continues with "Users' Perspectives on Open Source Formats," which will feature a standards retrospective and current interoperability data from Gartner Dataquest, followed by customer success stories from ARM, IBM Microelectronics and Verification Central. The forum will conclude with a Noise Modeling Panel, moderated by Gary Smith, chief EDA analyst at Gartner Dataquest, exploring the role of why accurate modeling in an industry standard format such as the de facto library standard, LibertyTM, is necessary.

"The continuing popularity of the Interoperability Developers Forum and its lengthy list of participating companies prove that the Open Source concept is being eagerly embraced throughout the electronics industry," said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development at Synopsys, Inc. "By opening SAIF and responding to requests for an OpenVera parser, Synopsys continues to foster interoperability for the EDA design community and its customers. We will continue to respond to the growing interoperability needs of the EDA design community as they delve into nanotechnology and beyond."

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), headquartered in Mountain View, California, creates leading EDA tools for the global electronics market. The company delivers advanced design technologies and solutions to developers of complex integrated circuits, electronic systems and systems on a chip. Synopsys also provides consulting and support services to simplify the overall IC design process and accelerate time to market for its customers.

Synopsys is a registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Liberty and OpenVera are trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. TAP-in is a service mark of Synopsys.

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