Forte Design Systems Maintains #1 Position in ESL Synthesis Market in 2013, Finishes Year with Double-Digit Growth

Seventh Year of Consecutive Growth Included New Customers Kyocera, LG Electronics, Launch of Cynthesizer5 with Low-Power Capabilities, YouTube Channel

SAN JOSE, CALIF. –– January 22, 2014 –– Forte Design Systems™, named the #1 provider of software to enable design at a higher level of abstraction for the second straight year by Gary Smith EDA (GSEDA), today announced it finished 2013 with double-digit growth and increased market share.

“2013 saw continued deployment of our Cynthesizer SystemC synthesis IP across all major regions,” reports Sean Dart, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Forte Design Systems. “When combined with our freely available online educational resources, designers around the world have been able to quickly adopt SystemC and Cynthesizer to improve their time to market, design costs, and quality of results.”

According to GSEDA’s 2013 Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Market Trends, Forte remained #1 in the Electronic System Level (ESL) synthesis, the designation it uses to describe the market segment. GSEDA estimates Forte’s market share at 31%, expanding its margin over the nearest competitor.

Highlighting Forte’s accomplishments and seventh year of consecutive growth are new customers LG Electronics, Hitachi Information & Communication Engineering, and Kyocera Document Solutions, where its Cynthesizer™ SystemC-based high-level synthesis (HLS) software replaced another synthesis tool. Forte also expanded further into India through its partnership with CircuitSutra for design services and IP.

In early 2013, Forte unveiled Cynthesizer 5 with low power synthesis capabilities, enhanced core synthesis algorithms, and a new SystemC integrated development environment (IDE). Additionally, Forte launched the Forte Design Systems Channel on YouTube as part of its enhanced education and training program to address a range of topics related to SystemC, HLS and Cynthesizer.

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About Forte Design Systems

Forte Design Systems™ ( is the #1 provider of electronic system-level (ESL) synthesis software, confirmed by Gary Smith EDA, provider of market intelligence for the global Electronic Design Automation (EDA) market. Forte’s software enables design at a higher level of abstraction and improves design results. Its innovative synthesis technologies and intellectual property offerings allow design teams creating complex electronic chips and systems to reduce their overall design and verification time. More than half of the top 20 worldwide semiconductor companies use Forte’s products in production today for ASIC, SoC and FPGA design. Forte is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in England, Japan, Korea and the United States. For more information, visit


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