Synopsys Tools Analyze Performance of Motorola CDMA2000 System

6/27/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, announced that Motorola's Global Telecom Solutions Sector has chosen Synopsys' System Studio and the Synopsys' CDMA2000® Design Conformance Lab for performance analysis of Motorola's CDMA2000 system. Motorola used the Synopsys system-level solution to simulate the CDMA2000 wireless system operation, assessing critical product performance and helping reduce system design risk. CDMA2000 is a third-generation wireless technology that is backward compatible with the IS-95 wireless standard.

"Improving the performance in a wireless system has a big impact on our ability to deliver solutions that enable our customers to provide higher coverage and capacity," said Tony Goen, director of engineering, Chandler Lab, at Motorola. "Synopsys' System Studio and the CDMA2000 Design Conformance Lab helped us quantify and assess the expected product performance much earlier in the product cycle than previous methods."

Exploring wireless system performance requires accurate models of the wireless standard and fast simulation for rapid design iterations at the system level. The Design Conformance Lab contains models for CDMA2000, including the EVDV and EVDO extensions, as well as predefined scenarios for the analysis of standard conformance. Motorola utilized System Studio's powerful modeling and analysis capabilities to easily model their proprietary architecture design and explore modem system performance in multiple CDMA2000 conformance scenarios, thereby analyzing the behavior of the virtual prototype before it was implemented.

"The combination of Synopsys' advanced system-level verification tools and expert wireless knowledge enables our customers to produce highly differentiated products," said Farhad Hayat, vice president of marketing for Synopsys' Verification Technology Group. "With this engagement, Motorola has extended its use of Synopsys' System Studio, part of our DiscoveryTM Verification Platform, enabling reduced cycle time and earlier visibility to potential design issues."

The Synopsys CDMA2000 libraries allowed Motorola to verify the base station's system performance against the latest revision of the 3GPP2 standard and to complete important system-level simulations within a few weeks after System Studio and the CDMA2000 Design Conformance Lab were installed.

About Discovery Verification Platform
The Discovery Verification Platform is a unified environment that provides high performance and efficiency of interaction among all platform components, including mixed-HDL simulation, mixed signal, system-level verification, assertions, verification intellectual property, code coverage, functional coverage, testbenches and formal analysis. The Discovery Verification Platform includes Synopsys' VCSTM HDL simulator, VCS MX mixed-HDL simulator, System Studio for system-level verification, LEDA® programmable RTL checker, Vera® testbench automation tool, MagellanTM hybrid RTL formal verification, DesignWare® verification IP, Formality® equivalence checker, NanoSimTM and HSPICE® for mixed-signal simulation. Combined with SystemVerilog and Synopsys' design-for-verification methodology, the Discovery Verification Platform helps designers achieve higher levels of verification productivity by contributing to first-time silicon success within required project cycles.

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 has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys, LEDA, Vera, DesignWare, Formality and HSPICE are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Discovery, VCS, Magellan and NanoSim are trademarks of Synopsys.

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