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Sequans used Synopsys' tools in WiMAX/WiBro chip development

Posted: 30 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Synopsys Inc. announced that Sequans Communications has adopted key components of the Discovery Verification Platform and standardized on Synopsys' VCS comprehensive RTL verification solution, System Studio for algorithm design and system-level verification, and the Formality formal equivalence checker to ensure consistency between RTL and chip implementations.

According to the press release, Sequans has successfully released base station and subscriber station chips, compliant with the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Both chips were developed with the help of Synopsys' tools to minimize risks and delays. Sequans plans to release its chips for the mobile WiMAX/WiBro market and is using Synopsys' tools to help ensure the best time-to-market schedule.

"We selected Synopsys for our verification needs because they provide a complete solution from algorithm design to implementation," said Bertrand Debray, Sequans vice-president of engineering. "It is important to us that an ESL tool for algorithm design and analysis be linked closely with the RTL verification process. Synopsys provides this connection with its well-integrated combination of System Studio and the VCS solutions. In addition, the Formality formal equivalency checking process ensures that our RTL is consistent with our final ASIC implementations."

George Zafiropoulos, vice president of marketing, verification group at Synopsys, commented, "The Discovery Verification Platform is the industry's leading system, RTL and gate-level verification solution. The VCS solution's integrated high-performance testbench-based verification environment is ideal for verifying complex chips in the rapidly growing WiMAX space."

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