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In order to broaden industry support for the DesignWare ARC architecture and cores, Synopsys collaborates with a wide range of companies across the embedded and related technology industries. Synopsys operates the ARC Access Program for close cooperation with embedded hardware and software vendors and partners with the major audio technology companies to ensure certified audio solutions. For open source software, Synopsys works with the open source communities on GNU, Linux and Android. Finally, Synopsys is a member of various industry associations to provide additional benefits to customers.

ARC Access Program
Synopsys engages with many embedded hardware & software vendors to enable industry support for DesignWare ARC processor cores. This provides choice to developers for software development tools, operating systems and middleware. The collaboration is managed under the ARC Access Program.

  • Development & debugging tools are available from Ashling, Digilent, Green Hills Software and Lauterbach and support the full range of ARC Processors.
  • Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSes) are available from Express Logic and MiSPO to complement Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC MQX RTOS, as additional choices for ARC-based embedded systems.
  • TCP/IP Protocol, Bluetooth and secure networking stacks are available from embedded software vendors such as Embedded Access, Interniche, Searan, SoftRISC and Stonestreet One.

Audio Licensing Companies
Synopsys collaborates with the major audio technology licensing companies in order to offer a comprehensive range of audio codecs and post-processing software optimized for DesignWare ARC cores.

  • Digital Wave Co., Ltd. was established to promote and develop the China DRA audio standard. It is responsible for the contract affairs such as licensing, application development, technical support and business promotion affairs of DRA audio technology, both domestically and abroad. Synopsys is a licensee of Digital Wave and provides the DRA Decoder optimized for ARC processors.
  • Dolby Laboratories is a recognized innovator in audio entertainment. Established by Ray Dolby, the company first developed noise reduction systems to improve recorded sound quality. Synopsys is a licensee of Dolby and provides Dolby technology optimized for ARC processors such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby ProLogic, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Virtual Speaker and more.
  • DTS, Inc. develops audio technology and services in many markets including the broadcast arena and broadband entertainment. Synopsys is a licensee of DTS and provides DTS technology optimized for ARC processors such as DTS Core 5.1 Decoder and DTS Encoder.
  • Microsoft operates the Windows Media Licensing Program for Windows Media technologies on both Windows and non-Windows platforms. Synopsys is a Windows Media Licensee and provides the Windows Media Audio decoder optimized for ARC processors.

Open Source Software

Synopsys invests in open source projects, such as GNU, the Linux kernel and the Android operating system for DesignWare ARC processor cores.

  • Synopsys makes available GCC, GDB and Binutils for DesignWare ARC processors and is working with the Free Software Foundation to contribute modifications back to the community. The GNU Toolchain for ARC Processors (ARC GNU Toolchain) is available using Git from GitHub.
  • Linux for DesignWare ARC Processors has been available for several years. The latest version of ARC Linux is available from the official Linux Kernel Archives at kernel.org and older versions are available from Synopsys via GitHub.
  • Synopsys is a member of the Linux Foundation.

Industry Associations

  • Founded in 1997, EEMBC (pronounced 'embassy') has its origins as the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. As a non-profit, industry association, EEMBC develops embedded benchmark software to help system designers select the optimal processors. EEMBC organizes this software into benchmark suites targeting telecom/networking, digital media, Java, automotive/industrial, consumer, and office equipment products.
  • Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices. The Linux Foundation is the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading technology companies and developers from around the world.
  • The Open Embedded Software Foundation is made up of companies involved in developing embedded systems based on Android. OESF was formed to develop the market and expand the business of each member through sharing technical information amongst the members, the joint development of systems, educating engineers, and joint marketing to the embedded system market.

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  • Synopsys collaborates with a wide range of companies across the embedded and related technology industries
  • Synopsys operates the ARC Access Program
  • Synopsys partners with major audio technology companies such as Dolby and DTS
  • Synopsys works with kernel.org and the Free Software Foundation
  • Synopsys is a member of various industry associations relevant to embedded systems