Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) has acquired ExpertIO, Inc. Synopsys is a provider of software tools and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems. ExpertIO is a privately held company that develops verification IP (VIP) for industry standard protocols. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The addition of ExpertIO’s team of protocol experts and its portfolio of storage VIP will accelerate Synopsys’ delivery of a broad line-up of high-performance, easy-to-use, full-featured VIP that can help designers address their growing verification challenges.
With leading SoC designs deploying more complex protocols, VIP has become a critical component of the verification environment. Synopsys is focused on delivering a broad portfolio of leading standards-based VIP to help engineers address the growing verification challenges associated with creating today’s ‘smart’ electronics. 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.
By purchasing ExpertIO, Synopsys adds a new set of storage protocols to their VIP portfolio, and gains an experienced team of development experts to drive the next level of innovation in VIP technology. ExpertIO’s entire team of engineers will join Synopsys’ Verification Group. Craig Stoops, ExpertIO’s Founder and CEO, is joining the team as a technical leader and help drive Synopsys’ VIP roadmap.