Synopsys targets AI, cloud with eSilicon IP assets acquisition

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By Rich Pell

The acquisition of this IP, says the company, will expand its existing DesignWare Embedded Memory and Interface IP portfolio and enable it to further scale its IP offering to address the needs of growing markets such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud. Specifically, the acquisition will expand the company’s DesignWare Embedded Memory IP portfolio with ternary content-addressable memories (TCAMs) and multi-port memory compilers, as well as its Interface IP portfolio with High-Bandwidth Interface (HBI) IP.

The acquisition, says the company, will also include a team of experienced R&D engineers to further scale its IP development in the most advanced process technologies to address customers’ evolving design requirements in growing markets. The remaining entirety of eSilicon, including its ASIC business and 56/112G SerDes design and related IP, will be acquired by Inphi Corporation.

“Today’s complex SoCs require a broad range of IP to address stringent performance, power, and area requirements of advanced applications such as AI and cloud computing,” says Joachim Kunkel, general manager of the Solutions Group at Synopsys. “The acquisition of eSilicon’s IP will expand our portfolio and enable us to meet our customers’ need for high-quality IP across advanced FinFET process technologies from a single trusted supplier with common licensing terms and support infrastructure.”

The transaction is expected to close in Synopsys’ first quarter of fiscal 2020. Terms are not being disclosed.


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