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News Release from: Synopsys | Subject: PowerPC 440 and 405 cores
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 30 January 2007

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Synopsys has signed an agreement with IBM to sublicense IBM's PowerPC 440 and 405 embedded microprocessor cores and associated peripheral cores directly to customers

As a newly authorised Power Architecture Design Centre, Synopsys now offers sublicences that include the right for customers to manufacture system-on-chip (SoC) designs incorporating PowerPC cores at any foundry of their choosing. Synopsys now offers the IBM cores through its DesignWare Star IP Programme.

With this agreement, Synopsys becomes the second Power Architecture Design Centre outside of IBM's own business line, and the only independent supplier to offer Power Architecture cores, EDA tools, design services and other IP elements to address a full range of design issues.

Customers can now obtain all the key design elements they need to create a Power Architecture-based SoC for their targeted foundry directly from Synopsys.

Synopsys provides designers with a broad portfolio of implementation IP, verification IP and hardened mixed-signal PHYs, and is the leading provider of standards-based connectivity IP.

Customers can count on Synopsys Professional Services expertise in developing reuse strategies for complex designs and delivering high-quality technical and business solutions.

Synopsys' recognised expertise in the Power Architecture, as well as availability of other key IP, a fully integrated design flow and broad support across all major foundries, make it the ideal choice for customers designing Power Architecture-based SoCs.

IBM's open-licensing of the Power Architecture enables Synopsys to be a key contributor in expanding the breadth of Power Architecture applications into new market segments.

Both IBM and Synopsys are founding members of Power.org, an open community of more than 40 companies driving collaborative innovation around the Power Architecture technology.

'This agreement means customers can go to one source for their IP, design services and support for state-of-the-art solutions' said Ron Martino, Director, Power Architecture Solutions, IBM Global Engineering Solutions.

'We want customers to innovate with the Power Architecture using the broad expertise which exists across the ecosystem'.

'The Synopsys Power Architecture Design Centre makes it significantly easier to innovate and access expertise'.

Synopsys will be offering hardened, firm and synthesisable versions of the PowerPC cores.

Synopsys also plans to integrate bidirectional bridges between the PowerPC standard CoreConnect and popular amba buses so that the full breadth of the Synopsys DesignWare IP offering can be integrated with the Power Architecture.

'Customers frequently cite the availability of high-quality IP components as a critical requirement for today's highly integrated chips with aggressive, consumer market-driven schedules'.

'Adding the ability to sublicense PowerPC cores directly to our customers through the DesignWare Star IP programme is an important additional step in addressing these requirements', said John Koeter, Senior Director of IP and Services Marketing at Synopsys.

'Our commitment is to offer our customers industry-leading IP, support and services'.

'The success of the Power Architecture across multiple industries and our designation as a Power Architecture Design Centre status help us deliver on our commitment'.

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