ARM and Synopsys Expand Collaboration

Sign Multi-year Subscription Agreement to Accelerate Design and Verification of ARM-based SoCs using Synopsys Tools

ARMand Synopsyshave signed a multi-year subscription agreement that expands Synopsys’ access to a broad range of ARM intellectual property (IP)and related technologies to enable optimization of Synopsys tools and methodologies for ARM-based system-on-chips (SoCs).

Through this agreement, Synopsys has pre-production access to ARM Cortex processors for the ARMv8-A and ARMv7-A architectures, ARM Mali graphics processors, ARM CoreLink system IP, ARM Artisan physical IP, and ARM POPIP for implementation acceleration.

Building on more than 20 years of collaboration as well as the August 2012 license agreement between the companies for ARMv7-A processors and related IP, this new agreement allows Synopsys to further optimize its design flows and tools for ARM-based SoCs, enabling designers to meet their power, performance and area goals, while reducing cost and time-to-market.

“We have collaborated extensively with Synopsys for more than 20 years to ensure our mutual customers can get innovative products to market quickly and still meet their performance, power and area targets,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “With Synopsys’ early access to our latest IP and our ongoing close collaboration, we can provide our customers solutions that work effectively together as they design, implement and verify their SoCs.”

With this agreement,Synopsys can develop and distribute optimized Synopsys tool scripts to ARM partners and deliver training on the use of Synopsys tools and flows with the ARM IP. Synopsys’ early access to ARM pre-productionIP ensures that early licensees of the latest ARM cores have optimized tools and methodology in place when they areready to begin their design projects.Designers creating products for a broad range of markets, including wearable, mobile, networking and server, will benefit from closer integration of the Synopsys tools and ARM IP together with optimized design flows that can take advantage ofprocess technologies ranging from leading-edge FinFETto mature processes.

“Designers benefit directly from this alignment of the industry’s IP and EDA leaders,” said Deirdre Hanford, executive vice president, customer engagementat Synopsys. “Through collaboration with ARM, we’ve been able to accelerate many leading semiconductor companies’ innovations.This new agreement will allow us to deliver timely design and verification solutions that take advantage of Synopsys’ latest tools and methodology together with ARM’s newest, most advanced IP.”

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