Synplicity Announces New Confirma Verification Platform Features

Synplicity Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of solutions for the design and verification of semiconductors, revealed new product capabilities, widespread customer adoption and exploding demand for its Confirma(tm) ASIC/ASSP Verification Platform. Since the introduction of the Confirma Platform just six months ago, Synplicity has received over one hundred orders with leading electronics companies worldwide, including the BBC, and has received dozens of positive reports from global design teams who have shaved months off their design times.

Additionally, the company’s Certify® tool, the de facto standard for multi-FPGA partitioning and implementation and a key element in the Confirma Platform, has experienced its biggest year over year revenue gain since its introduction and its best year ever in 2007. This overwhelming response is a great endorsement for the Confirma Platform as a viable new verification methodology, and also validates the trend towards hardware-assisted verification for the successful delivery of today’s complex ASIC and ASSP designs.

Confirma is the industry’s only complete prototyping solution combining best-in-class hardware and software tools in a tightly integrated, easy-to-use environment helping customers overcome their toughest ASIC verification challenges. In addition to the Certify tool, the Confirma Platform includes Synplicity’s Identify® Pro software with TotalRecall(tm) technology providing full visibility into the design under test. Confirma also includes the company’s HAPS(tm) High-performance ASIC Prototyping System(tm); the most flexible prototyping boards on the market today as used by leading electronics organizations such as CSR. Synplicity continually updates the Confirma Platform with tighter integration and new product capabilities for a seamless transition and implementation of ASIC designs into the Confirma at-speed verification platform.

New features include:

  • Updated board files, shipped with Certify, that provide specific details about the HAPS board topology thus ensuring a smooth implementation of the design and the best possible performance
  • Additional board trace delays to further optimize the system behavior of the design under test implemented, and running on HAPS
  • Automatic insertion of pin multiplexing, between multiple FPGAs on one board and also between multiple HAPS boards, with minimal impact on overall system performance

Complete Methodology Replaces Ad-Hoc Approaches
Previous ASIC prototyping methods involved selecting different hardware and software tools from various vendors, ensuring these tools were adequate to address a designer’s verification requirements and, finally, creating an ad-hoc flow for tool interoperability. The Confirma Platform takes FPGA-based prototyping to the next level in terms of usability and productivity by transforming it into a tightly integrated, comprehensive at-speed verification solution. Moreover, the company’s worldwide sales and support structure provides local services to help design teams take full advantage of the Confirma solution for a particular ASIC or ASSP design. Today, local Synplicity FAEs are working with customers to unleash the full potential of prototyping for ASIC verification, software development and system integration to help them successfully deliver sophisticated products and compete in today’s global markets.

According to Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing for Synplicity, “Nearly all of today’s ASICs are being prototyped in some form or another by stitching together hardware and software from different vendors. Going forward, we will continue to offer a comprehensive, integration solution through our Confirma Platform and our worldwide sales and support infrastructure will help deliver its value to our customers. As a result, we expect to quickly gain share in what we estimate to be a $220 million market — Synplicity’s largest market opportunity ever.”

About Synplicity
Synplicity®, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, semiconductor, consumer, computer, and other electronic applications markets. Synplicity’s FPGA implementation tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating logic synthesis, physical synthesis, analysis and debug for programmable logic designs. Synplicity’s ESL synthesis solutions significantly improve productivity for DSP designs realized in ASIC and FPGA devices. The Confirma(tm) at-speed verification platform, comprising software tools and the HAPS(tm) family of prototyping systems, enables both comprehensive verification of ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs and software development prior to chip tapeout. Synplicity is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis tools and its physical synthesis and ASIC verification technologies are the recipients of several prestigious industry awards. The company operates in more than 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Synplicity, Certify, and Identify are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. TotalRecall, HAPS and Confirma, are trademarks of Synplicity Inc.