Hitachi Selects Synopsys' Discovery Verification IP for ARM AMBA Interconnect for Verification of its Storage Systems

Performance, Intelligent Debug and Advanced Coverage Features Led to Selection of Next-Generation VIP

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, today announced that the storage solutions division of Hitachi, Ltd. has selected Synopsys' Discovery™ Verification IP (VIP) for the ARM® AMBA® AXI3™ protocol for verification of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. Enabled by Synopsys' next-generation VIPER architecture, Discovery VIP demonstrated a performance advantage over other VIP, as well as delivered protocol-aware debug capabilities and advanced built-in coverage features, which have accelerated Hitachi's Storage Systems verification closure process.

"Our advanced storage technologies include various advanced system-on-chips (SoCs) that require complex verification environments where we utilize critical VIP to speed up the verification process," said Yuji Takei, department manager, Storage Integration Engineering, IT Platform R & D Management Division, Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. "After a comprehensive evaluation, we selected Synopsys' Discovery VIP for the AMBA AXI3 protocol for verification of our advanced SoCs. We were impressed by its speed advantage and memory efficiency compared to other VIP, as well as by Synopsys' Protocol Analyzer technology and broad coverage features."

The Discovery VIP, based on Synopsys' next-generation VIPER architecture and implemented in 100 percent SystemVerilog, offers enhanced VIP performance, configurability, portability, debug, coverage and extensibility. Discovery VIP supports Synopsys' Protocol Analyzer, a protocol-centric debug environment with intelligent visibility into the VIP source code. These capabilities substantially increase user productivity for one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of functional verification.

"Since its launch earlier this year, Discovery VIP has seen strong marketplace momentum," said Manoj Gandhi, senior vice president and general manager of the Synopsys Verification Group. "With VIP becoming increasingly more vital to SoC verification, we continue to provide leading VIP technology to help design teams like the storage solutions business of Hitachi, Ltd. to manage tight verification schedules required for their advanced storage SoCs."

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, 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 bringing the best products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 70 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit Synopsys online at  http://www.synopsys.com/.

ARM, AMBA and AXI3 are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited.

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