Synopsys To Offer Chip Design Tools For Intel-Based Workstations Running Windows NT
Mountain View, Calif.--Feb. 23, 1998--Synopsys, Inc. announced that by the end of 1998 it will offer many of its electronic design automation chip development tools for Intel-based workstations running Microsoft Windows NT. This major Synopsys charter will give chip developers a wider choice of computer platforms on which to design complex microchips, including microprocessors--the "brains" of all personal computers. Also, as part of the commitment to the Intel-based Windows NT platform, Synopsys will become the first EDA developer to comprehensively address design engineering requirements for network environments consisting of Unix and Windows NT servers and workstations. By year's end, a majority of Synopsys's design tools will run on Intel-based Windows NT workstations while continuing to run on Unix.
Additionally, Synopsys will work with Intel to deliver products on Intel's IA-64 microprocessor architecture, beginning with the Merced processor that will become available in 1999.
With Synopsys set to offer both Intel/NT and RISC-based/Unix versions of its popular EDA products, developers can choose the hardware platform configuration that best suits their individual design flow, budget, and network requirements. Synopsys tools for the Intel-based Microsoft Windows NT platform will provide the same capabilities as Synopsys's Unix-based design software at a lower cost of platform ownership, yielding increased productivity.
Synopsys's intention to support Intel-based workstations running Windows NT signals a major platform shift in the EDA arena, an industry that has been traditionally dominated by Unix. Additionally, Synopsys's move to Intel workstations is an endorsement of the capabilities of those computers to run high-performance IC design applications.
Along those lines, Synopsys will help conquer interoperability issues by forming an Interoperability Task Force to ensure the transparent interoperation of Synopsys's tools used in mixed Unix and Windows NT environments. In addition to Intel Corp., Digital Equipment 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 member companies to address all areas of interoperability. More details on the Interoperab
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