Electronic Design Automation

Synopsys, Broadcom Expand IP Agreement

20 May 2015

Electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) supplier Synopsys Inc. is extending its licensing agreement with Broadcom Corp. to give the telecommunications chip vendor further access to Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC processors.

DesignWare SoC Infrastructure IP. Image Source: SynopsysDesignWare SoC Infrastructure IP. Image Source: SynopsysThe new agreement allows Broadcom to use ARC intellectual property (IP) cores in a wider range of multimedia and networking system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Previously, the deal between the two companies called for Broadcom to use the ARC cores only in its home-video products.

The ARC IP portfolio includes configurable 32-bit RISC processors that can be embedded into multiple applications, including ultra-low power Internet of Things (IoT) devices and embedded Linux designs. The IP contains an extensible instruction set that allows designers to define their own custom instructions to improve performance while reducing power consumption and code size. The processors can be implemented into any foundry process and are supported by a development tool suite, according to Synopsys.

Earlier this year, Synopsys launched a software platform designed to speed up the development of ARC-based embedded products. The embARC Open Software Platform was launched in order to ease the creation of embedded applications such as IoT and other products by including drivers an operating system and middleware software that are ported and optimized for the ARC IP.

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