Sunnyvale, Calif.-- Dec. 22, 1997-- Synplicity, Inc. and AlteraCorp. announced a strategic alliance designed to create superiorsynthesis and high-level design methodologies for designersworking with the highest-density PLDs. The joint program,ASCEND (Altera & Synplicity Cooperative Engineering Development),will bring together engineering resources from both companies toensure that shared customers receive design support for tomorrow'srapidly evolving PLD architectures as soon as they are available.
The ASCEND program is broad-based and will involve a number of joint R&D programs to advance the current high level of optimization between Synplicity's flagship synthesis engine, Synplify, and Altera's industry-leading MAX+PLUS II development software. Projects are planned to improve such features as timing constraints and analysis, integration of megafunctions and the Library of ParameterizedModules (LPM), and the quality of results for design implementation.
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