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BW: Synopsys Announces EDA Industry's First Open Source Formats--Interoperability Developers' Forum

Apr 19, 2000, 00:42 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) today took its commitment to EDA tool interoperability to a new level by announcing the open source enhancement to its Technology Access Program (TAP-in(sm)), providing free and open access to Synopsys' widely used library and design constraints formats. Synopsys' new TAP-in open source feature will initially make available the industry-leading Liberty(TM) library and Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) formats. Syntax checkers and parsers for these formats will also be included as reference implementations. Synopsys unveiled its TAP-in open source expansion today at the Fifth Semiannual Interoperability Developers' Forum, "EDA Interoperability on Fast Forward.""

"Synopsys' decision to provide the formats and reference implementations through open source was a response to requests from the TAP-in developer community at the October 1999 Developers' Forum. Open source licensing of the formats provides a more effective method for the developer community to contribute."

""The Synopsys design constraint language is the de facto industry standard -- it's intuitive and engineers understand it," said Chris Malachowsky, vice president of hardware engineering at NVIDIA. "We use it as the golden source of our timing and physical requirements from which we drive our entire CAD methodology. The move to put this language into open source will of course mean fewer translators, but the ultimate benefit will be in the quality of results from our tool flow. Real improvements will be realized when all tools are provided and consistently interpret a single, succinct specification of our design targets. Delivering NVIDIA's industry-leading graphics processors season after season requires that all of our EDA tools work effectively together. We are extremely pleased to see that Synopsys is championing interoperability through this move to open source licensing.""

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