SAN MATEO, Calif. Silicon Valley Research Inc. has partnered with an unnamed ASIC synthesis tool company to offer an ASIC synthesis place and route combination priced below $100,000.
The struggling SVR, one of the oldest design automation vendors, is trying to make a comeback by offering the combination to startups that can't afford $500,000 plus place and route tools.
"The bulk of our customers create designs that mostly have analog blocks," said James Benouis, president of SVR. "These chips also have some amount of digital on them and need standard-cell synthesis."
Benouis would not identify the ASIC synthesis vendor with which the company worked.
The combined synthesis place and route bundle also supports standard library formats, he said.
Benouis said SVR would like to partner with foundries to give the solution to customers free up front and then collect royalties on chips produced with the tools in the foundry.