May 04, 2009
Lynx, For Engineers by Engineers
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If we look at others in the EDA industry, would they claim to have capabilities similar to Lynx?
No. We think this is unique within the EDA industry. I think the only real competition for Lynx is that a company may have developed something similar to it internally. But in terms of someone like Cadence, Magma or Mentor, to the best of my knowledge they don’t have anything like this.
How about reference flows and design kits?
Reference flows are exactly that. They are reference flows. They show an approach to solving a particular problem. They are not meant and they do not purport to be a production environment. First of all, their scripts are not production. They are reference. You have to do a lot of work to set them up to satisfy a production design. They do not have any kind of concept of job automation, ease of flow configuration. Nothing like the Runtime Manager. They do not have any concept of flow configuration or easy debug through Runtime Manager. They certainly do not have anything like the Management Cockpit, realtime insight into the design status and be able to track that across projects as
well as over time for any individual project. I do not think they have anything very tightly tied to foundries. You might argue that some of the stuff that Cadence does in what they call their kits business does some of that. We have not seen that as a significant factor in the market.
As we have discussed, Synopsys has plans for the future. What does a customer do today if they adopt Lynx and want to add say analog design tools to the flow? DO they need a service contract to do that?
It was built fundamentally from the ground up to be modular. You can usually plug in additional modules. It was really designed form day one to be modular because most people have what they would classify as subflows. This is just RTL-to-GSDII. But there are subflows for verification, for ESL, typically for rapid prototyping, for synthesizing a design, for translating a design from a C description to an RZTL description. There are certain DFM and TCad related flows. There are five or six subflows that people use. We recognized that right from the beginning. We are tackling one of these, namely RTL-to-GDSII, right now but very quickly we will be addressing the other subflows.
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