Four New Partners Join Synopsys' TAP-In Program
Mountain View, Calif.--July 13, 1998--Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View) announced four new partners in their technology access program (TAP-in). Denali Software, Synplicity, Inc., Ultima Interconnect, and Verplex have licensed Synopsys' Liberty package, which includes the .lib and Stamp formats for library modeling. With the addition of those four new partners, nearly a dozen companies have now joined the program.
The basis of the TAP-in program is to exchange proprietary formats. Agreements were signed to exchange Synopsys' Liberty licenses for Denali's Yukon format and Ultima's URAPI format. Liberty licenses were purchased by Synplicity and Verplex.
Through TAP-in, partners have access to the Liberty format, which drives tools in synthesis, timing analysis, formal verification, test, simulation and power. With TAP-in, members can also use over 400 submicron libraries. Synopsys plans to license additional key formats that help close the design productivity gap.
Since the TAP-in program was created, Synopsys held the first Liberty developers forum, which took place at the Design Automation Conference in San Francisco. Attending this forum were current Liberty licensees and the Synopsys TAP-in team, who met to discuss how Synopsys could meet the needs of the industry with Liberty. The purpose of the meeting was to establish ongoing communication with licensed companies regarding the evolution of the Liberty format. Going forward, regular meetings will take place in an effort to establish an effective standards channel that differs from the traditional committees.
Synopsys prefers to trade access to formats in lieu of the licensing fee. However, if a company wishes to purchase a Liberty license, they are available at a list price of $95,000. Additionally, current Liberty licensees can receive discounts on other licensed Synopsys formats.
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