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Not to be confused with Synopsis (disambiguation).
Synopsys, Inc.
Type Public
Industry Software & Programming
Founded 1986 by David Gregory, Aart de Geus
Headquarters Mountain View, California, U.S.
Key people Aart J. de Geus
(Founder, Chairman & CEO)
Chi-Foon Chan
(President & COO)
Revenue Increase $1.962 billion USD (FY 2013)[1]
Net income Increase $247.80 million USD (FY 2013)[1]
Employees 8,165 (First quarter Fiscal 2013)[2]

Coordinates: 37°23′32″N 122°02′50″W / 37.3921°N 122.0471°W / 37.3921; -122.0471

Synopsys, Inc., an American company, is the leading company by sales in the Electronic Design Automation industry.[3] Synopsys' first and best-known product is Design Compiler, a logic-synthesis tool. Synopsys offers a wide range of other products used in the design of an application-specific integrated circuit. Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, HDL (SystemC, SystemVerilog/Verilog, VHDL) simulators as well as transistor-level circuit simulation. The simulators include development and debugging environments which assist in the design of the logic for chips and computer systems.


Founded in 1986 by Dr. Aart J. de Geus and a team of engineers from General Electric's Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Synopsys was first established as "Optimal Solutions" with a charter to develop and market ground-breaking synthesis technology developed by the team at General Electric.

Acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs[edit]

Building on the Hillsboro, Oregon, campus
  • 1994: acquired Cadis, Aachen, Germany. Through this acquisition Synopsys got the communication systems and DSP design tool suit named COSSAP. COSSAP stood for Communication System Simulation and Application Processor. Synopsys carried out various communication (predominantly wireless modems) design and consulting activities using this tool (and later the evolved new tool Co-centric System Studio). The Cadis group was a spin off development initiative from Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems (ISS), RWTH Aachen, spearheaded by Professor Heinrich Meyr[4] and Professor Gerd Ascheid.[5] COSSAP was a competing product to SPW[6] from Cadence (now maintained and enhanced by Coware).[7] Synopsys stopped support on COSSAP since 2003 and is now promoting the enhanced tool Cocentric System Studio.
  • 1997: acquired EPIC Design Technology Inc., USA
  • 1997: acquired Viewlogic Systems, Inc., USA
  • 1998: acquired Systems Science, Inc.
  • June 6, 2002: merger with Avanti Corporation, USA. Avanti was founded when several ex-Cadence employees bought the startup ArcSys, which had previously merged with ISS, gaining Avanti its DRC/LVC tool Hercules (including 3D silicon structure modeling), then bought Compass Design Automation, which had fully integrated IC Design Flow and ASIC Libraries, especially its place and route tool, which Avanti reworked to create Saturn and Apollo II; and it also bought TMA which brought their pioneering TCAD and Proteus Optical proximity correction tools. This was, by far, Synopsys' most significant and controversial acquisition. At the time Avanti was the #4 company in the EDA industry, and was struggling with a major lawsuit from Cadence for software theft.[8] The criminal case had just concluded, with Avanti executives pleading no contest to trade-secret theft, conspiracy to commit trade-secret theft, receiving stolen property, and securities fraud, and several receiving jail time. To acquire Avanti, Synopsys paid about $55 million in golden handshake payments to these same executives. Synopsys then paid an additional $265 million to Cadence to settle the remaining civil suit and $26.1 million to Silvaco to settle two of three Silvaco's suits against Meta Software and its President filed in 1995 and inherited by Avanti.[9]
Celebrating "Women's Day" Holiday
Synopsys Armenia Education Department (SAED) Graduating Class
  • September 12, 2002: acquired Co-Design Automation, Inc. USA. Co-Design pioneered the Superlog language, a superset of the popular Verilog hardware description language, extending its capabilities into verification and system design. Superlog formed the basis of The SystemVerilog language standardized by Accelera in 2003.
  • September 20, 2002: acquired inSilicon Inc., USA
  • March 3, 2003: acquired Numerical Technologies, Inc. USA, a pioneer in design for manufacturing software which included CATS mask fracturing. Synopsys paid about $250 million in cash.
  • February 23, 2004: acquired Accelerant Networks, USA
  • February 26, 2004: acquired assets of Analog Design Automation, Inc., USA
  • October 2004: acquired assets of Monterey Design Systems, Inc., USA
  • Oijiuired Cascade Semiconductor Solutions Inc., USA
  • November 2, 2004: acquired Integrated Systems Engineering AG (ISE), Switzerland, a TCAD company.
  • November 2, 2004: acquired assets of LEDA Design, Inc., USA, a developer of mixed-signal intellectual property.
  • 2004: After acquiring Monterey Arset and Leda Design, Opened Synopsys Armenia (CJSC). Home to 8% of the company's worldwide engineering force.[10]
  • December 1, 2004: agreement to acquire Nassda Corp., USA, an integrated circuit simulator company and settle the litigation between the two companies
  • December 7, 2005: Acquired HPL Technologies,[11] a semiconductor analysis software manufacturer that makes software specializing in wafer design analysis and yield enhancement for wafer process.
  • May 16, 2006, announced expanding its presence in electronic system-level (ESL) design by acquiring Virtio Corporation, creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development.
  • June 21, 2006: Santiago Chile, Synopsys R&D Center Chile Opening.
  • August 16, 2006: Acquired Sigma-C a Munich based lithography simulation company.[12]
  • June 18, 2007: Acquired ArchPro Design Automation Inc.
  • July 30, 2007: Purchased certain semiconductor IP assets from MOSAID Technologies.[13]
  • October 2, 2007: Acquired Sandwork Design.[14]
  • March 30, 2008: Announced acquisition of Synplicity, the leader in FPGA synthesis and rapid prototyping technology.[15]
  • December 18, 2008: Acquired ChipIT Business Unit from ProDesign Electronic GmbH, Germany[16]
  • May 8, 2009: Acquired Analog Business Group (Chipidea) from MIPS Technologies[17]
  • Feb 2, 2010: Acquires VaST Systems Technology Corporation.
  • Feb 8, 2010: Announces an acquisition of CoWare Inc.[18]
  • June 10, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Synfora Inc.[19]
  • Sep 2, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Virage Logic Corporation.[20]
  • Oct 7, 2010: Announces an acquisition of Optical Research Associates.[21]
  • Sep 2, 2011: Announces an acquisition of nSys Design Systems.[22]
  • Oct 7, 2011: Announces an acquisition of Extreme DA.[23]
  • Feb 15, 2012: Completes acquisition of the mask patterning business of Luminescent Technologies, Inc., thus adding Inverse Lithography Technology (ILT) to its manufacturing product line.
  • Feb 22, 2012: Completes acquisition of Magma Design Automation with the cash value of transaction of about $523 million, or $7.35 per Magma share.
  • May 8, 2012: Announces an acquisition of RSoft Design Group.[24]
  • July 30, 2012: Announces acquisition of Ciranova. [25]
  • Aug 3, 2012: Announces an acquisition of SpringSoft for $406 million.[26]
  • Feb 19, 2014: Announces acquisition of Coverity for $350 million.[27]

Management team[edit]

  • Dr. Aart J. de Geus, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer[28]
  • Dr. Chi-Foon Chan, President and co-Chief Executive Officer[28]
  • Brian Beattie, Chief Financial Officer

Notable persons[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Google Finance Page for Synopsys". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Synopsys Company Profile". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  3. ^ Note: since its merger with Avanti Corp. in 2002, it is the largest company in the EDA business.
  4. ^ "ISS - Institut - Mitarbeiter: Heinrich Meyr". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ "ISS - Institut - Mitarbeiter: Gerd Ascheid". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "The ESL Design Leader". CoWare. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  8. ^ The Avant! Saga: Does Crime Pay? The inside story of a company that stole software code From Business Week
  9. ^ "Synopsys Form 8K/A July 26, 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  10. ^ Y, Seth. "Armenia's Quintessential Company". The American Times - Armenia Edition - Emerging Market Investment Magazine. American Times. 
  11. ^ "HPL Technologies". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  12. ^ "Sigma-C". Sigma-C. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  13. ^ Synopsys Completes Acquisition of MOSAID Semiconductor IP Assets
  14. ^ "Synopsys Acquires Sandwork Design". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  15. ^ "Synopsys Completes Acquisition of Synplicity, Inc". 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  16. ^ "Acquired ChipIT Business Unit from ProDesign Electronic GmbH, Germany". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  17. ^ "Synopsys Acquires Analog Business Group of MIPS Technologies". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  18. ^ "Synopsys to Acquire CoWare, Inc". 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  19. ^ "Synopsys Acquires High-level Synthesis Technology from Synfora, Inc.". 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  20. ^ "Chip Design » Synopsys Completes Acquisition of Virage Logic". 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  21. ^ "Synopsys Acquires Optical Research Associates". 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  22. ^ "Synopsys Acquires nSys Design Systems". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  23. ^ "Synopsys Acquires Extreme DA". 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  24. ^ "Synopsys Acquires RSoft Design Group". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  25. ^ "Vision fulfilled: SNPS acquires Ciranova". 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  26. ^ Primack, Dan (2012-08-03). "M&A: August 3, 2012". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  27. ^ . 2014-02-19 Retrieved 2014-02-19.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ a b "Synopsys names co-CEO to join de Geus". Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  29. ^ "Deborah Coleman - Forbes". 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 

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