Synchronicity Accelerates Chip Design with Synopsys' Milkyway Platform

2/25/2004 - The Synchronicity Developer SuiteTM is the world's most widely adopted electronics design collaboration and management solution. The company has now launched a new variant, the Digital Developer Suite, integrated with Synopsys' GalaxyTM Design Platform using the widely adopted MilkywayTM design database.

The Synchronicity Developer Suite bundles ProjectSync®, which raises design predictability with multi-site project-based issue tracking and communications, and DesignSync®, which makes design data available to the entire project team, no matter where they are located, in a safe, efficient, managed manner. The Digital Developer Suite adds DesignSync MWTM, which enables design collaboration and management by using the Milkyway C-API to directly access and manage Milkyway data used by such Synopsys tools as AstroTM and JupiterXTTM. This new suite understands the specific data structure of the Synopsys design tools and the behaviors required to reliably and efficiently manage them in a team environment. It also takes full advantage of the high performance and rich functionality in Synchronicity Developer Suite 4.0.

To truly create a comprehensive engineering management solution, the Digital Developer Suite also bundles other tools and use models tuned to the requirements and activities of ASIC design. Digital designers often use a top-down design approach and Synchronicity's Hierarchical Configuration ManagerTM (HCM) enables them to manage and execute the project in the hierarchical manner in which they think about it. With HCM, a design is composed of blocks, a.k.a. modules, and blocks can contain blocks, which enables release management operations at every level of the design hierarchy. Of special note for managers, HCM also rolls up design status and bug tracking for all sub-blocks, even if they reside outside the project workspace in a central Synchronicity Publisher SuiteTM design reuse system. HCM's related caching technology, McacheTM (for Module cache), provides unique data sharing and collaboration capabilities for such block-based top-down designs. Mcache greatly reduces a project's storage requirements while maintaining fast local data access, even across multiple sites. These capabilities enable companies to efficiently develop larger and more complex systems than they have done in the past and allow them to be more competitive in today's aggressive economic climate.

To further raise the productivity of digital designers, the Digital Developer Suite also supports predictable and repeatable best practices. Out of the box, it includes flows, forms, templates and use models to guide effective ASIC design, but it can also easily be modified and extended to support more custom methodologies. This brings full flow release management to Synopsys users and for the first time manages the handoffs from front to back-end design and from block to chip-level in the hierarchy.

"The launch of the Synchronicity Digital Developer Suite enables our Galaxy Design Platform customers to manage and collaborate on their designs using Milkyway, a production-proven database with thousands of tapeouts," said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development for Synopsys. "As a leader in advancing EDA tool interoperability through such initiatives as the Milkyway Access Program (MAP-in), Synopsys continues to respond to our customers' needs by easing integration to an open, industry-leading platform by third parties like Synchronicity."

"Many ASIC design teams have applied sound configuration management practices to their front end data using the Synchronicity Developer Suite. However, Synopsys back-end data has historically been excluded from the safety net this provides", noted Mitch Mastellone, Synchronicity CTO. "Through the Map-in program, we are pleased to close this gap with the introduction of the Digital Developer Suite that enables design teams to also efficiently manage back-end data, including the handoff from the front-end engineers."

Pricing and Availability
The Digital Developer Suite is in use by select customers now and will be generally available in March 2004. It is priced from approximately $2800 per user for a 1-year time-based-license depending on configuration. The Developer Suite is supported on all major engineering platforms including Solaris 9, HPUX V11.11, all current Red Hat versions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Windows XP, as well as Netscape 7 and Internet Explorer 6.

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