Electronic Design

Synplicity To Acquire HARDI Electronics

In a move intended to bolster its ASIC verification offerings, Synplicity inked a deal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of HARDI Electronics AB for $24.2 million in cash. HARDI's ASIC Prototyping System (HAPS), a modular, high-performance and high-capacity FPGA-based system for ASIC prototyping, is used worldwide by companies that include: Broadcom, Conexant, LG, LSI Logic, Marvell, Matsushita, Nokia, NXP, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and TI.

At DAC, Synplicity will unveil its new ASIC verification strategy that capitalizes on the HARDI acquisition. Plans are to immediately leverage the company’s existing ASIC verification products (Certify, Synplify Premier, Identify, and Identify Pro) by selling them together with the HARDI ASIC prototyping boards.

HARDI’s ASIC prototyping systems work seamlessly with Synplicity’s Certify and Synplify Premier synthesis products and its Identify and Identify Pro RTL debugging solutions. ASIC verification teams can use the combined Certify, Synplify Premier, and HAPS system to quickly create multi-million-gate FPGA systems to verify ASIC functionality in real time while enabling comprehensive software verification with interfaces to real-world stimuli. Synplicity's Identify and Identify Pro RTL debug products permit designers to conveniently debug these systems at the RTL level instead of with time-consuming gate-level interfaces.

Synplicity will continue to support its worldwide customer base using FPGA prototypes built from custom-designed prototyping boards, as well as those using off-the-shelf boards from other manufacturers through the Partners in Prototyping program.

The acquisition is expected to close in June 2007, subject to customary conditions of closing.

Synplicity www.synplicity.com

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