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Synopsys beefs up verification line with Sandwork acquisition

Posted: 05 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys verification line? Sandwork acquisition? EDA tools?

Synopsys Inc. has announced that it has acquired Sandwork Design Inc., a privately held U.S.-based provider of analog and mixed-signal (AMS) verification solutions.

Sandwork's approach to verification enables engineers to efficiently analyze and debug complex AMS SoCs. Sandwork's products, combined with Synopsys' Discovery AMS solution, promise a comprehensive environment for verification and debug. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

"Debug and analysis are critical in analog design and verification," said Paul Lo, senior VP and general manager, Synopsys AMS Group. "Sandwork's widely deployed tools like Spice Explorer and WaveView Analyzer complement our existing solution, adding valuable analog and mixed-signal verification capabilities to Synopsys' portfolio. This acquisition will enable tight integration between Sandwork's tools and Synopsys' Discovery AMS simulators."

Already interoperable with the Synopsys Discovery AMS simulators, the Sandwork tools include Spice Explorer, a transistor-level design debugging environment, WaveView Analyzer, a high-capacity AMS waveform analyzer and SpiceCheck for electrical rule checks of transistor-level netlists.

"Low power requirements, third-party IP integration and increasing design complexity are putting extreme pressure on design teams' ability to meet already aggressive schedules," said Jack Yao, CEO of Sandwork. "The combination of Synopsys' advanced analog verification solution and Sandwork's proven analysis, verification and debug tools will help alleviate this pressure and help enable our customers to further reduce development costs and deliver complex , high-performance chips."

All Sandwork products are immediately available through the local Synopsys sales offices.

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