Synopsys, Achronix extend tool agreement
8/31/2011 10:04 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO—EDA and IP supplier Synopsys Inc. and FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. Wednesday (Aug. 31) announced a multi-year extension of their OEM agreement for Synopsys FPGA synthesis tools.
The agreement continues to make Synopsys' FPGA logic synthesis technology available to Achronix customers by expanding support of Synopsys' Synplify Pro software to Achronix's latest generation of FPGAs, the 22-nanometer Speedster22i FPGA platform, the companies said. Achronix intends to deliver a Speedster22i FPGA-optimized version of Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis software to its customers as part of its Achronix CAD Environment (ACE) software package, to provide designers of these devices with high performance synthesis technology, according to the companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The version of Synplify Pro software optimized for Achronix FPGAs contains all the features of the standard version and continues to support the original Speedster family of FPGAs, according to the companies. In addition to new optimizations that take advantage of the advanced memory architecture in Speedster22i FPGAs, Synplify Pro software has also been customized with multi-processing for faster turnaround time for these higher capacity devices, the companies said.
"We have been working closely with Achronix to customize our Synplify Pro synthesis software to capitalize on the features of their new Speedster22i FPGAs,"said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for Synopsys' Solutions Group, in a statement. "We believe that through this close collaboration, we offer our mutual customers the best environment for producing highly optimized, cost-effective FPGAs."
Last year, Achronix announced that Intel Corp. would build the company's 22-nm Speedster22i FPGAs on a foundry basis. Achronix expects to sample Speedster22i FPGAs in the fourth quarter.