OpenAccess Coalition, Synopsys to Build Bridge Between OpenAccess and Milkyway

2/12/2003 - The OpenAccess Coalition (OAC), a group of top electronics and electronic design automation (EDA) companies focused on creating a standard for true interoperability between integrated circuit (IC) design tools, and Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, announced that they are working together in the Golden Gate Working Group to build a bridge between OpenAccess and Synopsys' Milkyway environment.

The Golden Gate Working Group was formed in late 2002 to bridge between OpenAccess and the open Synopsys Milkyway environment, for the shared benefit of the entire industry. The Working Group is comprised of representatives from Si2, user companies including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, LSI Logic, Motorola, Philips Semiconductors, and STMicroelectronics, and EDA companies including Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys.

OAC and Synopsys' joint goals are to define and create the bridging technology to provide interoperable flows between OpenAccess and Milkyway-based tools and, over time, to pragmatically align the application programming interfaces (APIs), creating a smooth data transfer between IC design tools.

"The OpenAccess Coalition is committed to creating a full flow for customers using OpenAccess, and we are very pleased to be working with Synopsys and other companies to achieve this goal," said Scott Peterson, director of Platform Tools and Methodologies, LSI Logic and chairman of the OpenAccess Coalition. "The OpenAccess Coalition applauds Synopsys' decision to work within the Golden Gate Working Group to bridge between Milkyway and OpenAccess."

"Synopsys is committed to providing interoperable flows for EDA customers. Providing API translators is the right first step toward realizing the shared vision of aligned APIs for the EDA industry," said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development, Synopsys. "We will actively participate alongside our customers to help make this a reality."

Golden Gate Working Group Comments
According to Michael Sanie, group director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at Cadence, "As a member of the OpenAccess Coalition, Cadence welcomes participation by Synopsys in the working group to help develop an interface between Milkyway and OpenAccess. Forging interfaces between OpenAccess and other industry databases is a step in the right direction toward an open industry standard for IC design."

"Our customers tell us that a design flow based on a complete set of tools operating, and ultimately interoperating, on one API is essential," said Dale Hoffman, director of EDA Alliances for the IBM Microelectronics Division. "We believe that the best way to achieve this kind of environment is through consensus around industry standard open database(s) and APIs."

"At STMicroelectronics, we joined the Golden Gate Working Group to facilitate the migration to the OpenAccess design database API standard of all the key EDA tools in our 90 nanometer design flow," said Philippe Magarshack, Central R&D Group vice president for Design Automation, STMicroelectronics. "An important step in that process is to build an interface with the Synopsys Milkyway environment. We trust that Synopsys and OpenAccess will work together and find a technically sensible solution that inherits the best of both worlds. This will allow the major EDA solutions on the market to interoperate, which is mandatory to build a full nanometer-level design flow."

"We applaud the decision by Synopsys to make their Milkyway environment more open and to work with the OpenAccess Coalition on the Golden Gate Working Group," said Terry Blanchard, director of EDA, Hewlett-Packard. "An active participation by Synopsys on the working group will help to ensure a successful bridge between OpenAccess and Milkyway with a minimal amount of effort."

"Our customers have made the choice in tool flows, including necessary value-added in-house tools, an urgent priority," said Steve Schulz, president and CEO, Si2. "Si2's vision is for an open environment where all EDA tools embrace a common API interface using OpenAccess. We are encouraged that Synopsys has decided to join the Golden Gate Working Group, which includes Cadence and key customers, to work with us toward the vision of a high-performance, interoperable design environment for all EDA customers."

About OpenAccess
OpenAccess is a community effort to provide true interoperability, not just data exchange, among IC design tools through an open standard data access interface (API) and reference database implementation supporting that API for IC design. The OpenAccess technology will help enable easy tool integration, smooth interoperability and faster application development. The initiative is driven by the OpenAccess Coalition, a neutral organization comprised of leading EDA and electronics companies. The Coalition operates under the governance and bylaws of Si2. For more information, visit and

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for integrated circuit (IC) design. The company delivers technology-leading IC 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 is located in more than 60 offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys is a registered trademark and Milkyway is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc

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