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Synplicity, Actel extend OEM agreement

Posted: 04 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synplicity? Actel? Synplify Pro? Identify? Synplify DSP?

Synplicity Inc. and Actel Corp. have expanded their OEM agreement to deliver 'exceptional value and a deep, on-going technology roadmap' for Actel customers. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Actel obtains the right to distribute the Synplify Pro, Identify and Synplify DSP software solutions to its customers as part of its Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE). The expanded agreement will also provide Actel customers with future access to Synplicity's innovative physical synthesis technology.

According to Dennis Kish, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Actel, their customers are the big winners with the expanded OEM agreement. "By delivering Synplicity's best-in-class tools as part of our Libero IDE at current prices, we provide designers an incredible value."

Joe Gianelli, Synplicity's vice president of business development, said, "Actel delivers a broad range of advanced FPGA solutions, including its low-cost ProASIC3 for value-based applications, high-density RTAX-S for space applications and the new Actel Fusion Programmable System Chip family, which is unique in its ability to support mixed-signal designs. We have been working closely with Actel to optimize our leading-edge technologies to capitalize on the features of these architectures. We believe that through this close partnership, we can offer Actel's customers advanced design tools that will enable them to achieve optimal device performance."

For designers of DSP systems, the addition of Synplicity's Synplify DSP software to the Libero IDE enables a seamless flow from The Mathworks' Simulink design environment to RTL design. The Synplify DSP software uses proprietary system-level synthesis algorithms to automatically generate highly optimized RTL code ready for logic synthesis, eliminating prior hand-coded, error-prone and time-consuming methodologies requiring numerous iterations between the DSP algorithm architect and the RTL hardware designer.

Actel's Libero IDE offers best-in-class tools from third-party EDA vendors and custom-developed tools from Actel integrated into a single FPGA development package. The Libero tool suite supports mixed-mode design entry input, giving designers the choice of mixing either high-level VHDL or Verilog HDL language blocks with schematic modules in a design, said the press release.

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