Synopsys And Digital Equipment Collaborate To Provide Design Software On Digital Alpha And Digital Intel Windows NT Platforms
Mountain View, Calif.--Feb. 23, 1998--Synopsys, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp. announced that the two companies are collaborating to deliver a Windows NT version for many of Synopsys's popular electronic design automation (EDA) tools by the end of 1998. This extension of support to the Digital Alpha and Digital Intel platforms helps open a new market for high-performance design software running on Windows NT workstations, offering design engineers a choice of platforms with which to configure their computing environment.
Additionally, Synopsys and Digital are focused on incorporating EDA tools that interoperate with existing Unix-based design software. Recognizing that interoperability (across platforms) is key regarding the complex dynamics of designing ultrafast and ultra-integrated solutions, one of the first initiatives to be undertaken is to rigorously test the interoperability of the environment using Synopsys's Design Compiler and other tools on Windows NT in Digital's preferred design flow.
High-end EDA tools have always "lived" on the fastest-, highest-capacity systems available, which have traditionally been Unix-based workstations. However, Digital-Alpha and Intel-architecture workstations have matured, thus Synopsys customers are now asking for Synopsys design tools on these platforms.
As mentioned, initial efforts will focus on testing the interoperability of Synopsys's tools in the Unix and Windows NT environments, ensuring that new Windows NT-based Synopsys users enjoy the same high levels of customer satisfaction experienced by Synopsys users in the Unix environment today. Beta testing and usability testing will begin during the first half of 1998, with product delivery (including Design Compiler) planned for by the end of the year.
The companies' cooperation is expected to lead to support of Synopsys's power tools for Windows NT on both the Digital Alpha- and Digital Intel-based workstations.
Ultimately, Synopsys will help conquer platform interoperability issues by forming an Interoperability Task Force to ensure interoperability of Synopsys's tools in mixed-Unix and Windows NT environments. In addition to Digital Equipment Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems, Inc., IBM Corp., and Hewlett Packard Company, several customers are expected to work with Synopsys on this effort.
This industry task force will team Synopsys's engineers with technical marketing and engineering experts from these companies to address all areas of interoperability. More details on the Interoperability Task Force will be forthcoming over the next quarter.
The majority of Synopsys's design tools, including Chronologic VCS, the Design Compiler, Behavioral Compiler, and Designware families of respective solutions, will be available for Digital Personal Workstations by the end of 1998. Synopsys tools will be priced the same as for the company's Unix versions.
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