Synopsys Donates oaViewer to OpenAccess Coalition

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced that Synopsys has donated an oaTcl-based OpenAccess graphical visualization program (oaViewer) to the OpenAccess Coalition. OaViewer will be demonstrated at the OpenAccess Conference on November 5, 2007 at the Sun Microsystems Santa Clara Conference Center.

OaViewer enables software developers of OpenAccess API-based programs to easily view design data such as hierarchical schematics and layouts including PCells. Prior to the donation, most developers accomplished this by writing their own viewers. The primary purpose of oaViewer is to aid software developers and help enable faster adoption of OpenAccess.

“Synopsys is donating the oaViewer to the OpenAccess community,” said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development at Synopsys. “This is an important step towards analog design tool interoperability. We see this donation and the recent work in Interoperable PCell Libraries (IPL) to be significant improvements in making OpenAccess a truly open custom analog environment. We hope to inspire more donations to enable OpenAccess to become a complete usable analog solution.”

Jim Wilmore, Co-Chief Architect of the OpenAccess ChangeTeam, pointed out that “The OpenAccess community has expressed an interest in the availability of a layout browser for OpenAccess for many years, so this contribution is very welcome. It is another example of growing vitality of the OpenAccess Contribution Site.”

“This donation from Synopsys is the latest instance of the OpenAccess Community identifying, developing, and making public new capabilities to enable and even accelerate the adoption and proliferation of OpenAccess. We greatly appreciate this Synopsys donation, as well as their input to the overall evolution of OpenAccess, as part of their role as a Director-level member of the OpenAccess Coalition,” says Sumit DasGupta, sr. vice-president of engineering, Si2.

More info: OaViewer Viewer Utility

About the OpenAccess Standard and Si2
The OpenAccess Coalition is a community-driven initiative formed to enable the creation of tightly integrated flows involving best-in-class commercial and proprietary tools and intellectual property, necessary to support design of today’s complex chips. This is done through an open-standard data-access interface (API) and reference database implementation supporting that API. Leading electronics companies with significant investment in CAD tools and infrastructure, as well as many commercial electronic-design automation (EDA) tool providers, have embraced the OpenAccess initiative as a means to support rapid product development. The OpenAccess Coalition operates under the governance and bylaws of Si2.

Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time-to-market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents over 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.