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Synopsys offers support to Intel processor with EM64T

Posted: 25 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:synopsys? eda? software? intel? xeon?

Synopsys Inc. recently disclosed that it is the first EDA software company to support the Intel Xeon processor with Intel extended memory 64 technology (Intel em64t) for 64- and 32bit computing with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 OS using its Galaxy design and Discovery verification technology.

According to Synopsys, its technology, which runs on the Xeon processor architecture with Intel EM64T, delivers the high performance and increased capacity engineers need to design and verify today's complex SoC designs.

Guru Bhatia, director of engineering computing for Intel, shared, "The Intel Xeon processor-based platforms with Intel EM64T provide large memory support, Demand Based Switching for power consumption optimization, and PCI-Express-based advanced I/O along with higher performance. That combination of features and performance, coupled with Synopsys' suite of semiconductor design and verification tools, gives a technical advantage to the EDA engineering community to design complex silicon products."

As computational power, multi-media, graphics and communications features converge in consumer products, and as process technology shrinks to 90nm and below, chip designers face new pressures, the press release from Synopsys said. These pressures include design complexity and transistor counts in excess of 200 million. In addition, extreme sensitivities to cost, power consumption and chip size factor heavily in the design process, the company added.

Synopsys supports the following Galaxy and Discovery technologies on the new Intel Xeon processor-based compute platform: Design Compiler and DesignWare Library arithmetic generators and building blocks used for synthesis; DFT Compiler and TetraMAX test; Physical Compiler and Astro physical implementation; Power Compiler power management; PrimeTime static timing analysis; Formality equivalency checking; Hercules layout verification; and NanoSim mixed-signal design software. Additional products supporting this platform include the BSD Compiler, Design Compiler FPGA, Design Analyzer, HDL Compiler, Module Compiler, and PathMill tools. Product support in March 2005 is expected to include VCS complete RTL verification solution, with more product support planned for 2005.

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