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Synopsys, Inc.
Corporate Backgrounder - Summer 2014

Synopsys Overview & History

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Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) provides products and services that accelerate innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of system-level, IP, implementation, verification, manufacturing, optical and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions help address the key challenges designers face such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in quickly bringing the best products to market while reducing costs and schedule risk.

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Aart de Geus and a team of engineers from General Electric's Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Synopsys was first established as "Optimal Solutions" with a charter to develop and market ground-breaking synthesis technology developed by the team at General Electric. The company pioneered the commercial application of logic synthesis that has since been adopted by every major semiconductor design company in the world. This technology provided an exponential leap in integrated circuit (IC) design productivity by allowing engineers to specify chip functionality at a higher level of abstraction. Without this technology, the complex designs of today would not be possible.

For more than 25 years, Synopsys has been at the heart of accelerating electronics innovation with engineers around the world having used Synopsys technology to successfully design and create billions of chips and systems that are found in the electronics that people rely on every day.

Company Founded:1986
Revenue Q2 FY 2014:$518 million*
Revenue for FY 2013:$ 1.962 billion**
Employees:Approximately 9,102***
Headquarters:700 East Middlefield Rd.
Mountain View, California 94043-4033
Locations:Approximately 83 sales, support and R&D offices worldwide in North America, Europe, Japan, the Pacific Rim, India and Israel
* 4% growth over second quarter of Fiscal 2013
** Fiscal Year 2013 (ended October 31, 2013) - 12% growth over Fiscal 2012
*** Total employees worldwide as reported for second quarter Fiscal 2014

Financial Information
Synopsys stock has traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol "SNPS" since the company's initial public offering in 1992. Recent Fiscal results are as follows:

  • Revenue Q2 Fiscal 2014: $518 million – 4% growth over second quarter Fiscal 2013
  • Revenue Fiscal 2013: $1.962 billion – 12% growth over Fiscal 2012
  • Fiscal 2013 Non-GAAP Earnings per Share: $2.44 – 16% growth over Fiscal 2012
Synopsys Revenue 2006-2014
Figure 1: Synopsys Yearly Revenue, 2006-2014. FY14 revenue shows mid-range guidance as of 5/21/2014

Management Team
The company's executive management team is comprised of leaders with diverse global backgrounds and many decades of combined semiconductor industry experience. The tremendous "know how" they bring to Synopsys has helped the company become its industry leader.

Market Overview

Market Overview We live in an era where the accelerated pace of technology is driving an exponential growth in new devices and applications, and technical innovation is the driving force in the world's economy. Electronics are increasingly impacting everyone, everything, everywhere, every day. As the demand for ever faster, lighter, smarter and cheaper electronics continues to skyrocket, the global semiconductor design community must identify and successfully adopt new strategies to solve the increasingly complex technical and economic challenges. Today's designers face tremendous pressure to develop differentiated products more quickly and cost effectively than ever before. At Synopsys, helping companies accelerate innovation in all aspects of semiconductor design is in our DNA. Below are three key trends that Synopsys is helping the global design community address.

Accelerating Time to MarketAccelerating Time to Market
The competition to be first to market with the ever more feature-rich products that consumers demand is relentless. According to the 2013 Global Market Awareness & Perception Audit (a blind survey commissioned by Synopsys), the number one concern in the semiconductor design community is meeting time-to-market schedules. Yet, the design of feature-rich electronics is driving SoC complexity and cost, so how do today's semiconductor leaders address these challenges? The survey highlighted two key strategies that are being leveraged to accelerate time to market: third-party IP and advanced Verification technologies. Increasingly, companies are focusing their efforts on where they can differentiate their products and are looking to high-quality third-party IP as a way to accelerate their product development cycle, reduce cost, and lower integration risk. According to Semico, the IP market is expected to grow to $3.6B by 2017 from about $2.4B today. In addition, Gartner estimates that third-party IP usage will continue to double through 2017. In the area of verification, there is also great focus because a common industry estimate is that approximately 70% of the overall design cycle time and cost are accounted for in verification. It's no wonder that companies are focusing on adopting leading verification technologies as a strategy to help them identify bugs as early as possible in the design cycle to both improve quality and accelerate time to market.
Advanced Design at Every Process NodeAdvanced Design at Every Process Node
Innovation drives the semiconductor industry to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible, and there is much excitement about doing advanced designs at the emerging process technologies such as FinFET. Companies that can justify the additional cost are moving to the emerging nodes. At the same time, according to International Business Strategies (IBS), more than 80% of design starts are at 65 nanometers and above, and according to VLSI Research, approximately half of the wafers are manufactured at 65 nanometers and above. So does that mean only a very small segment of the industry is doing advanced design? No, it underscores the fact that advanced design is also being done on the established process nodes and that the technologies and methodologies developed to design at the emerging nodes also deliver tremendous benefits for designs being done at the established nodes. Examples include low power techniques that enable lower cost, ultra-low power solutions and routing technologies that use fewer layers, which results in fewer violations and brings higher-quality chips to market more quickly.
The Internet of ThingsThe Internet of Things
Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) because it represents the next evolution of the Internet, taking a huge leap in its ability to gather, analyze, and distribute data that can be turned into information and action. Consider how new devices, such as Google's Nest thermostat and smoke detector, are enabling us to increasingly monitor and control our environment remotely. Sensors are at the heart of this evolution and it's estimated that approximately 30 billion sensors will be in use by 2017*. These connected devices, enabled by an explosion of embedded 'smart' chips, are poised to drive significant growth in a broad range of end markets including automotive, mobile, digital home, industrial, medical and consumer.

*Source: Semico Research, 2013

Integrated Solutions to Accelerate Semiconductor and System Innovation
Synopsys' full suite of best-in-class solutions enables designers to accelerate the creation and verification of complex integrated circuits (IC) and system-on-chip (SoC) designs from concept to silicon. Synopsys provides a complete front-to-back design and test environment, software-level to silicon-level verification, design reuse technology (IP), field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions and professional services to help its customers get their silicon working quickly and accurately. Synopsys leads the way in offering technology that creates a bridge between design and manufacturing to improve yield and increase predictability. Synopsys also develops and supports products for the design and analysis of high-performance, cost-effective optical systems. Synopsys' products help customers accelerate their innovation by improving their designs in virtually every metric, including performance, complexity, silicon area, cost, power consumption and time-to-market.

Synopsys products span the entire design flow, allowing customers to use integrated best-in-class technology from design specification to silicon fabrication. Synopsys develops and supports products in numerous areas in order to provide customers with an integrated solution for advanced semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing: Galaxy™ Design Platform, Discovery™ Verification Platform, and FPGA-Based Prototyping hardware-based verification, design-for-manufacturing, TCAD, DesignWare® Intellectual Property (IP), FPGA implementation solutions and Prototyping solutions. Synopsys also develops and supports products for the design and analysis of high-performance, cost-effective optical systems, with CODE V® for imaging applications, and LightTools® for illumination applications. Finally, with the acquisition of Coverity in March 2014, Synopsys has entered the software quality and security market.

A complete list of Synopsys solutions includes:

Prototyping & System Design
  • Embedded Software Development
  • Architecture Design
  • Virtual Prototyping
  • FPGA-Based Prototyping
  • Algorithm Design & Analysis
  • High-Level Synthesis
  • Functional Verification
  • RTL and gate-level Simulation
  • Verification Planning
  • Coverage Analysis, Reporting, Automation
  • Native Low Power Simulation
  • X-Propagation Simulation
  • Verification IP
  • AMS Verification
  • Debug & Analysis
  • HW/SW Debug
  • Formal Property Checking
  • Low Power Static Checking
  • CDC (Clock Domain Crossing) Static Checking
  • Sequential Equivalence Checking
  • SoC Connectivity Checking
  • Transaction-Based Acceleration
  • Emulation
  • Regression Management
  • Functional Qualification
  • Interface IP
  • Analog IP
  • Processor IP & ASIP Tools
  • Custom Processor Development
  • Embedded Memories & Logic Libraries
  • SoC Infrastructure IP
  • IP Subsystems
  • RTL Exploration
  • RTL Synthesis
  • FPGA Design
  • Power Optimization
  • Design for Test & ATPG
  • Formal Equivalence Checking
  • Floorplanning
  • Place & Route
  • Custom Implementation
  • In-Design Physical Verification
  • In-Design Rail Analysis
  • Static Timing Analysis
  • Parasitics Extraction
  • DRC / LVS Physical Verification Signoff
  • SPICE Modeling & Simulation
  • 3D Extraction
  • 3D-IC Support
  • Technology CAD
  • Mask Synthesis & Data Prep
  • Manufacturing Yield Management
  • Lithography Verification
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Imaging Optics Design & Analysis
  • Illumination Optics Design & Analysis
  • Optical Engineering Consulting Services
  • Physical System Simulation

Professional Services
Synopsys' services organization delivers a portfolio of consulting and design services to help chip developers accelerate innovation and achieve success in their design programs. These services are tightly aligned with our EDA, IP, FPGA and optical products to advance customers' learning curves and help them develop and deploy advanced methodologies that improve their productivity and design results. Our worldwide team of design consultants complements our customers' core competencies to mitigate their project risks and accelerate the implementation of their chips.

Throughout its history, Synopsys has complemented and accelerated its technology leadership through strategic acquisitions.

On March 25, 2014, Synopsys completed the acquisition of Coverity, the leading provider of software quality, testing and security tools. With this acquisition, Synopsys entered a new and growing market geared toward enterprise IT and independent software providers in industries such as financial services, energy, entertainment and retail. Together, Synopsys and Coverity intend to improve software quality and help ensure mission-critical applications are built to withstand increasing security threats.

Some of the larger EDA & IP acquisitions over the last few years included SpringSoft in December 2012, EVE in October 2012, Magma in February 2012, and Virage Logic in September 2010.

Standards and Interoperability
Synopsys is a leader in standards and interoperability. The company demonstrates its leadership and focus on accelerating innovation by actively participating in industry organizations, partnering with customers, semiconductor IP and EDA companies, and making its own technology available through open-source licensing or donation to standards groups. Synopsys works with standards bodies and industry organizations to lay the groundwork for tool and semiconductor IP interoperability throughout the EDA industry.

Through its in-Sync program, Synopsys establishes relationships with other EDA and semiconductor IP vendors to create a smooth, predictable path between Synopsys tools and its in-Sync partners' products. Synopsys has made significant contributions to and has driven the industry adoption of a number of industry-critical standards via direct contributions to the industry or through standards bodies and industry organizations.

Synopsys was recognized by the IEEE Standards Association with the 2010 Corporate Award for long-term vision, outstanding leadership and volunteer contributions to the IEEE-SA specifically for the development and deployment of EDA standards. For the benefit of our customers, Synopsys is committed to making tool interoperability a reality.

Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
Synopsys has long-established proven strategic alliances with the leading foundry, FPGA and IP suppliers that are dedicated to jointly solving the challenges of system complexity and nanometer scale for leading-edge SoC design. Key alliance partners include:

  • Foundry Partners
    • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC)
    • GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung, IBM Corp and UMC (ITDA Alliance members)
  • FPGA Partners
    • Achronix, Altera, Lattice, Microsemi (formerly Actel), Silicon Blue and Xilinx
  • IP Partner
    • ARM Ltd.
    • Imagination Technologies

Synopsys also maintains a broader semiconductor vendor and IP vendor program aimed at enabling our vendor partners to produce the best quality libraries and design flows for mutual customers.

Synopsys Users Group (SNUG)

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Established in 1991, SNUG represents a global design community focused on accelerating innovation. As the electronics industry's largest user conference, SNUG delivers a robust technical program developed by users, for users and includes strong ecosystem partner participation through Designer Community Expos in many regions. SNUG brings together nearly 9,500 users across North America, Europe, Asia and Japan, and features approximately 270 customer papers. For information on the SNUG 2014 program, or to view SNUG Silicon Valley keynote presentations, please visit the SNUG Conference page.

Synopsys University Program
Another way Synopsys demonstrates its commitment to accelerating innovation is through its Worldwide University Program. Synopsys is committed to providing research and academic institutions with access to the tools and technology needed to develop well-educated students who can meet the difficult challenges of IC and SoC design. Prior to entering the workforce, engineering students receive hands-on experience — in the classroom and in graduate-level research programs — with Synopsys' industry-leading EDA and IP solutions. Synopsys software is currently installed in more than 1800 educational institutions worldwide and reaches thousands of students and professors across the globe every year.

Synopsys Community Affairs

Synopsys Community Program
Synopsys Community Affairs embodies the company's values by implementing worldwide philanthropic strategies that strengthen local communities, encourage employee engagement and inspire a new generation of technology leaders.

On a yearly basis, the Synopsys Foundation provides approximately $1.9 million in grant funding to community organizations with a strong focus on math and science education. Along with this charitable aspect, there is also a hands-on approach to Synopsys' commitment to education through the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation. The Synopsys Outreach Foundation promotes interest in math and science at the K-12 grade levels through science fair participation. Since its inception in 1999, more than 1 million students and teachers have participated in the program.

A second facet of Synopsys Community Affairs is the Synopsys Shares program. Through the Synopsys Shares program, employees are empowered to organize volunteer projects and giving campaigns as well as participate in the employee matching gift program, allowing them to have a greater positive impact on the communities where they live and work. Each year, employees are involved in more than 150 activities at offices around the world.