Synopsys taps OpenAI for generative AI copilot in the cloud

Synopsys taps OpenAI for generative AI copilot in the cloud

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By Nick Flaherty

Synopsys is working with Microsoft to develop a generative AI copilot tool for chip design.

The Copilot, being used by early customers, runs on the Azure OpenAI Service to provide generative AI support, in natural language, across chip design teams. The Copilot is the first in a planned line of generative AI capability from Synopsys and is designed to learn new skills and grow with a team to boost design productivity.

“The semiconductor industry is racing to develop faster, more efficient, and optimized computing, which is also driving complexity. At the same time, we’re facing a projected 15% to 30% workforce gap for chip design engineers by 2030,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, general manager of the Synopsys EDA Group.

“AI-driven design can help address these challenges. Synopsys pioneered AI-driven design with our EDA suite. Now, working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’re taking AI-driven design to the next level with generative capability such as conversational intelligence delivered in this first Copilot,” he said.

Synopsys introduced the industry’s first cloud-based SaaS EDA tools using Azure in 2022, but developers are still concerned about using cloud-based services for confidential chip designs. The cloud capability allows the Copilot tool to deploy on any on-prem or on-cloud environment and integrates Microsoft Azure on-demand high-performance computing infrastructure with the availability, affordability, and capacity to handle AI workloads for advanced chip design and verification applications.

“Our history with Synopsys is built on a shared vision for accelerating semiconductor innovation through Cloud and AI,” said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “Microsoft’s engineering teams worked closely with Synopsys to bring the transformational power of Generative AI to EDA, which will empower semiconductor design engineers using the Copilot with the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchain built on Microsoft Azure.”

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