MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, today
announced that Purdue University is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant.
Purdue will receive 50 licenses of Synopsys electronic design automation (EDA)
University Tools Package software, as well as Sun Ray(TM) client hardware and
server software from Sun Microsystems, for their VLSI Design Laboratory.
Purdue will use the Synopsys licenses for their graduate and undergraduate
engineering programs in ASIC Design, as well as for leading-edge
microelectronics and nanoscale research, in their new Birck Nanotechnology
Center. The Birck Nanotechnology Center is considered among the best
university facilities of its kind in the nation for nanotechnology research.
A wide range of Synopsys tools in use at Purdue today provides students
and researchers the opportunity to utilize industrial tools for ASIC
synthesis, circuit simulation, nanometer device modeling, and fabrication
process modeling in both academics and research. Synopsys tools serve as the
foundation for an industry standard design flow in the ASIC Design Laboratory
where students get real world experience building and testing their designs.
In the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Synopsys provides device and process
modeling tools for conducting nanoscale research and creating advanced
devices. For VLSI and RF-MEMS research, a comprehensive set of EDA tools
backed by Synopsys' support network provides a complete hardware design
environment. This eliminates the difficult task of assembling a patchwork of
open source and niche tools that often lack the necessary technology files and
models for commercial processes.
Finding access to robust design tools with the required peripheral support
for advanced research and microelectronic design is a common issue facing
universities today. Synopsys solves this challenge through programs like the
Charles Babbage Grant which provides select universities with design software
for modern electronic design flows and leading commercial IC fabrication
"Receiving the Charles Babbage Grant furthers the development and
modernization goals for our VLSI Design and Engineering laboratories," said
Mark C. Johnson, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue
University. "Access to leading-edge design software and compute hardware
enables our engineering students to learn in the same environment as their
industry counterparts, increasing the value of the student experience and
research at Purdue University."
"Synopsys selected Purdue University to receive this grant because of
their leadership and commitment to leading-edge microelectronic design and
nanotechnology research," said Rich Goldman, vice president, Strategic Market
Development at Synopsys. "Through this grant, Synopsys helps prepare students
and researchers to meet the challenges of nanoscale design and build careers
in the microelectronic industry."
About the Charles Babbage Grant
The Charles Babbage Grant provides select universities worldwide with
state-of-the-art EDA tools, training, support and technology. It enables
institutions of higher education to enhance their expertise in
microelectronics circuits and system design. Use of the Synopsys tools from
the grant helps universities to better prepare their graduates for the future
by providing hands-on experience with current industry practices, modern
design techniques, and actual design tools, enhancing their understanding of
how learning applies to the real world of SoC design. The grant is named after
British mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage, who designed and built
mechanical computing machines on principles that anticipated the modern
electronic computers of today over 150 years ago.
Synopsys, Inc. is a world leader in EDA software for semiconductor design.
The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor design and verification
platforms and IC manufacturing software products to the global electronics
market, enabling the development and production of complex systems-on-chips
(SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to
simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers.
Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has offices in more
than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit
Synopsys online at http:/www.synopsys.com .
NOTE: Synopsys is registered trademark of Synopsys, Inc. Any other
trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the
intellectual property of their respective owners.
SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.