Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector Drives Standardization On Verification Platform

2/25/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, announced that Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) has selected Synopsys' verification platform, including the VCSTM Verilog simulator and Vera® testbench automation solution. This platform enables users to find bugs quickly by using advanced verification techniques such as constraint-driven random stimulus generation, assertion-based verification, and formal analysis, all tightly integrated into a high performance verification solution.

Under the terms of the multi-year contract, Synopsys' Smart Verification technology and expert verification consultants will be deployed into SPS. All of Motorola's semiconductor business groups plan to adopt the technology, including the market business groups focused on transportation, standard products, networking and computing, and wireless and broadband systems.

"As mask costs rise towards the $2-3 million level, it is vital to thoroughly simulate and verify chips before they are committed to fabrication," said Bill Walker, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. "We chose Synopsys because they offer one of the industry's best-integrated verification solutions and expert design services."

"Motorola needs to deploy integrated best-in-class functional verification solutions to address the exponential growth of the verification dilemma," said Franz Fink, general manager, Transportation and Standard Products - 32Bit Embedded Division. "Based on our benchmarks and technical assessments, we came to the conclusion that the capabilities of the VCS and Vera tools were an ideal match for our needs. Synopsys has a strong technology and strategic roadmap, including SystemVerilog, a unified design and verification platform tightly integrated with an easily understood language to help us create rich testbenches for our complex designs."

Synopsys believes that partnering with industry leaders like Motorola for next-generation technology development will address the future needs of assertion-based verification. Motorola has extensive experience in verification with strong in-house technology that, together with Synopsys' expertise and solutions, can be leveraged to deliver the most advanced verification technologies to the Motorola design community.

"Motorola's move to standardize on VCS and Vera is driven by the need to address their growing verification challenges with a tightly integrated verification platform," said Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO, Synopsys, Inc. "Synopsys' investment in its core verification technologies, along with its leadership in defining the SystemVerilog standard, accelerates the next-generation design and verification language and methodologies for the design community."

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the 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 and Vera are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. VCS is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc.

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