Synopsys has acquired Ciranova, which is a privately held electronic design automation company. Ciranova focuses on delivering productivity improvements in custom IC design. The EDA company offers tools that reduce the time and effort needed to develop transistor-level layout on advanced nodes. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Synopsys intends to utilize Ciranova’s technology to accelerate advancements in its custom integrated circuit (IC) design solutions and enable design teams to better meet the productivity challenges created by the complexity of nanometer designs.
According to Synopsys, the acquisition creates an opportunity to deliver productivity gains by integrating Ciranova’s Helix placer with Synopsys’ custom design solution. In addition, the combination of Synopsys and Ciranova underscores Synopsys’ commitment to enabling an interoperable Process Design Kit (iPDK) ecosystem. To ensure the long-term growth of the iPDK ecosystem, Synopsys will continue providing Ciranova’s PyCell Studio and PyCell usage at no charge.
Synopsys and Ciranova are both founding members of the Interoperable PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance, which is an industry standard organization established to develop an interoperable eco-system for custom design. The current focus is to create and promote standards for interoperable PDK and analog constraints. There are currently 28 member companies. The board of directors consists of individuals from Ciranova, SpringSoft, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys and TSMC.