SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Claiming a one-stop shop for PowerPC support, Synopsys Inc. has announced an agreement to sub-license IBM's PowerPC 440 and 405 embedded cores directly to customers. In so doing, Synopsys has become an authorized "Power architecture design center."
With the announcement, Synopsys claims to be only the second Power architecture design center outside of IBM's business line, and the only independent supplier of Power architecture cores, tools, design services, and other intellectual property (IP) elements. Both IBM and Synopsys are members of Power.org, a community of companies driving collaborative efforts around the Power architecture technology.
"The sub-licensing agreement means that a customer can deal directly with Synopsys, and only with Synopsys, to get all of the necessary licenses to use the PowerPC 405 or 440 cores as well as the associated IP, design tools and design services necessary to build a Power architecture based SoC [system on chip]," said John Koeter, senior director of IP and services marketing at Synopsys. IBM will continue to license the cores directly, but some customers may prefer to work with a single supplier, he said.
Synopsys will offer hardened, firm, and synthesizable versions of the PowerPC cores. Synopsys also plans to integrate bi-directional bridges between the PowerPC standard CoreConnect and AMBA busses, so that Synopsys DesignWare IP offerings can be integrated with the Power architecture.
Direct core sub-licensing and design services are both available from Synopsys today, Koeter said.