Business | September 05, 2011

Synopsys acquires nSys Design Systems

Synopsys, Inc. has completed the acquisition of nSys Design Systems Private Limited (nSys), a leading independent provider of verification IP (VIP).
With this acquisition, Synopsys is increasing its investment in VIP technology to address the growing verification challenges designers face as they create more and more complex systems on chips (SoCs) to serve the demand for 'smart' electronics. The terms of the deal, structured as an acquisition of substantially all the assets and employees of nSys, have not been disclosed.

"Addressing the growing SoC design and verification challenge is a key focus for Synopsys," said Manoj Gandhi, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' Verification Group. "With leading SoC designs deploying more complex protocols, VIP is becoming a critical component of the verification environment. Having the nSys team join our current VIP R&D team will help Synopsys accelerate and drive the next level of innovation in VIP technology."

VIP provides functional models of on- and off-chip protocols that verification engineers use to test all of the interfaces on an SoC before manufacturing. It enables the engineer to verify how an interface conforms to published standards and also allows the engineer to verify the interactions among various interfaces on an SoC.

The expanded portfolio of VIP from Synopsys will cover all of the widely used interface protocols and many emerging titles. It will also offer a new protocol compliance test-suite product line. Supported verification methodologies include VMM (verification methodology manual), OVM (open verification methodology) and UVM (universal verification methodology).

"Synopsys has led the industry in SystemVerilog, performance, capacity, methodology and bug-finding technology innovations for the past 15 years," said Atul Bhatia, CEO and founder of nSys Design Systems. "My team and I look forward to joining Synopsys so we can work together to deliver a VIP solution that can address customers' ever-growing SoC verification challenges."


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