Synopsys Galaxy Supports AMD64 Processors on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

11/21/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), the world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that its GalaxyTM Design and DiscoveryTM Verification Platforms will support AMD64 architecture-based processors running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Version 3 operating system. Synopsys' core tools on both the Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification Platforms will run on the AMD64 instruction set, including AMD OpteronTM and AMD AthlonTM 64, delivering the higher performance and increased capacity engineers need to implement and verify complex system-on-chip designs. Synopsys was the first major electronic design automation (EDA) software company to make its tools available on the Linux open source operating system, and is committed to meeting its customers' needs for Linux and AMD64 solutions.

Key implementation products in the Galaxy Platform being ported to the AMD64 compute platform include AstroTM, Design Compiler®, DesignWare Library®, HerculesTM, the MilkywayTM design database, Physical Compiler®, Power CompilerTM, PrimeTime®, Star-RCXTTM and TetraMAX®. Key verification products being ported in the Discovery Platform include FormalityTM, HSPICE®, NanoSimTM, VCSTM and Vera®.

"Synopsys' support for the AMD64 architecture will help accelerate market momentum in moving from proprietary 64-bit computing environments to the scalability and value of x86-based technology," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The AMD64 architecture combined with Synopsys' Galaxy implementation and Discovery verification tools allows our mutual customers to reap the benefit of 64-bit computing."

Leading-edge companies are designing intricate chips with up to 100 million transistors of synthesized logic and more than 100 million transistors in memory. Designers at these companies are demanding 64-bit compute platforms for sophisticated design tools like those on Synopsys' Galaxy and Discovery Platforms to deliver significant design cycle throughput.

"Newisys has already seen significant performance improvements in Synopsys' 32-bit tools running on AMD64 over any other platform," said Richard Oehler, chief technology officer, Newisys, Inc. "We look forward to the arrival of the 64-bit tools from Synopsys, which will help us take fuller advantage of the AMD Opteron processor and which are essential to the continued development of our custom ASICs designed for building large, scaleable Symmetrical Multi-Processor (SMP) Opteron systems."

"Agere Systems provides our customers the best overall experience by delivering first-pass success on chip designs for the world of personal broadband," said Jon Fields, vice president of Agere's design platform organization. "Our complex, feature-rich designs require 64-bit computing power coupled with the best design tools available. Synopsys' plans to make their tools available on the AMD64 architecture will help us provide the best service through faster design cycles."

"It is Synopsys' responsibility to address challenges within the EDA community and the IC design industry. This is a key reason we are announcing that Synopsys products will support the AMD64 architecture," said Karen Bartleson, director of interoperability at Synopsys. "We pay close attention to customer feedback on their experiences and needs in the area of compute platforms and what they tell us has a definite impact on our roadmap and support plans."

Beta release of core Galaxy and Discovery products supporting the AMD64 architecture-based processors running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 3 is scheduled for calendar Q4 2003, with the production release scheduled to occur in calendar Q1 2004.

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification platforms to the global electronics market, enabling the development of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys, Design Compiler, DesignWare Library, Formality, HSPICE, Physical Compiler, PrimeTime, TetraMAX and Vera are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Astro, Discovery, Galaxy, Hercules, Milkyway, Power Compiler, Star-RCXT and VCS are trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. AMD, AMD AthlonTM and AMD OpteronTM are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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