Synopsys Announces the Tapeout of NEC Electronics' Latest EMMA System LSI Using IC Compiler

Successful Tapeout of Large 7-Million-Instances Design was Critical in Meeting NEC Electronics' Time-to-Market Requirements

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced that NEC Electronics Corporation , a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technical solutions for the broadband and communications markets, successfully taped out their latest Enhanced Multimedia Architecture (EMMA) chip set using Synopsys' IC Compiler design planning and place-and-route product. NEC Electronics, working with the Synopsys Professional Services organization, was able to tape out the large 7-million-instances flat EMMA design under extreme time constraints. This latest success builds upon three years of collaboration between NEC Electronics and Synopsys Professional Services in taping out NEC Electronics' EMMA series of System LSI for digital audio/video products.

"The EMMA series of chips from NEC Electronics is a core technology for the digital A/V product line," said Masao Hirasawa, General Manager, Digital Consumer LSI Division at NEC Electronics. "EMMA is used by many leading digital consumer companies, so meeting time-to-market targets is critical. IC Compiler along with Synopsys Professional Services enables a predictable flow that requires less iteration for a successful tapeout. That is why we have chosen IC Compiler for this important NEC Electronics project."

IC Compiler's comprehensive place and route capabilities are designed to enable customers like NEC Electronics to leverage predictable results with less iteration to meet aggressive delivery schedules. The 90 nanometer EMMA design consists of more than 7 million instances with several hundred macros running at multiple speeds. The size of the flat design combined with the time constraints put a high demand on NEC Electronics and Synopsys Professional Services to deliver a solution to customers with highest quality of results.

"IC Compiler continues to meet the demands of our customers as design challenges continue to increase," said Dr. Chi-Foon Chan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Synopsys. "The EMMA chip series from NEC Electronics employs leading-edge technologies that require leading-edge place-and-route solutions to deliver predictable, high quality of results."

About IC Compiler

IC Compiler provides hand-craft-quality macro placement, intelligent power network support, and MinChip technology for automatic die-size reduction, all on a single timer foundation that enables faster time to closure with higher quality of results (QoR). For complex designs, a concurrent flow that seamlessly blends planning and implementation tasks and offers an integrated environment with a single timer and high correlation with sign-off is critical. Concurrent planning and implementation replaces the traditional "plan-then-implement" methodology, resulting in faster time to tapeout and reduced design cost.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to- silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 60 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at http://www.synopsys.com.

Synopsys is a registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc. Any other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

     Editorial Contacts:

     Sheryl Gulizia
     Synopsys, Inc.
     650-584-8635
     sgulizia@synopsys.com

     Lisa Gillette-Martin
     MCA, Inc.
     650-968-8900 ext. 115
     lgmartin@mcapr.com

Web site: http://www.synopsys.com/




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