Synopsys Professional Services to Support Altera HardCopy Design Center

6/9/2004 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the world leader in semiconductor design software, and Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR), the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions, announced an agreement for the establishment of Synopsys Professional Services resources to support the Altera® HardCopy® design center. This agreement is driven by the rapidly growing demand for HardCopy devices in the marketplace. The collaboration will accelerate HardCopy device implementation by establishing an advanced and optimized back-end design flow and provide access to expert physical design resources that will complement Altera’s existing HardCopy design center. Additionally, designers can now use Synopsys’ GalaxyTM Design Platform front-end flow to design their Stratix® FPGA.

The agreement builds on work already in progress for the development of a new timing-driven HardCopy back-end design flow based on Synopsys’ leading Galaxy Design Platform and optimized for Altera’s FPGA-to-HardCopy migrations. The flow will be used by Altera and Synopsys to further optimize the chip performance and reduce the turn-around-time of HardCopy implementations. Once a customer’s design is verified in a Stratix FPGA, the Altera HardCopy design center performs the necessary back-end design services required to build production masks. Based on Synopsys Professional Services’ many years of experience in implementing leading-edge FPGA and ASIC designs, Altera will utilize Synopsys as complementary design resources to support these implementation efforts. Services performed will include place-and-route, design rules checking, formal verification, and the generation of the final GDSII artwork. Using the Synopsys Galaxy flow helps Altera deliver fast and predictable turnaround times to HardCopy users.

Customers can now target Altera Stratix FPGAs and HardCopy devices with the front-end Galaxy design platform, which includes Design Compiler® (DC) FPGA, DesignWare® , Formality®, and PrimeTime®. DC FPGA allows designers to design once at the RTL for the FPGA or HardCopy structured ASIC. Designers can then reuse their source description, synthesis scripts, constraint files, and DesignWare IP to migrate the design from the FPGA to a HardCopy structured ASIC or a standard cell ASIC.

Altera’s use of Synopsys’ Galaxy solution provides for fast turnaround times for the seamless migration of Stratix FPGAs to HardCopy structured ASICs. The HardCopy design flow utilizes Star-RCXTTM for parasitic extraction with PrimeTime for static timing analysis, PrimeTime SI for signal integrity analysis, DFT CompilerTM for the test circuit synthesis in combination with TetraMAXTM for the test pattern generation, and AstroTM for the HardCopy device place and route.

“Using Synopsys’ market-proven design tools throughout the design cycle allows our customers to get their designs into our high-performance devices with as little risk as possible,” said John Daane, chairman and CEO of Altera Corporation. “Reducing risk is key to customer success. With the help of the world’s leading EDA company, more customers can leverage the unique capabilities offered in HardCopy structured ASICs to lower their costs and bring their designs to market faster.”

“Altera’s high-performance programmable devices are surpassing today’s median ASICs in terms of complexity. These kinds of design challenges call for ASIC-strength solutions and methodologies,” said Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO at Synopsys. “By using Synopsys technology and design services that are proven on ASICs, but tailored to programmable logic design, engineers can design once and target their design to an FPGA, HardCopy structured ASIC, or an ASIC using the same convergent, low risk flow.”

About HardCopy Stratix Devices
Altera’s HardCopy Stratix devices are the industry’s most unique structured ASICs, offering a seamless migration path from an FPGA prototype to a low-cost mask-programmed device. Accessible through Altera’s Quartus® II software, HardCopy devices deliver ASIC-level performance, price, and features that customers can take to production risk-free. HardCopy Stratix devices have the same features as the successful Stratix FPGAs and offer an average 50 percent performance increase. HardCopy devices also consume up to 40 percent less power compared to the equivalent Stratix FPGAs. Altera’s HardCopy Stratix devices are ideal for high-performance, high-volume applications in the storage, networking, wireless communication, consumer electronics, and industrial markets. For more information about HardCopy Stratix devices, please visit

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world’s pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the world leader in EDA software for semiconductor design. The Company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global electronics market, enabling the development and production 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 more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, the stylized Altera logo, specific device designations, and all other words that are identified as trademarks and/or service marks are, unless noted otherwise, the trademarks and service marks of Altera Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Synopsys, Design Compiler, DesignWare, PrimeTime, Formality and TetraMAX are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. Astro, Galaxy, and DFT Compiler, Star-RCXT are trademarks of Synopsys.

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