SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today (April 3) announced a partnership with Synplicity Inc. in nearby Sunnyvale to increase the ability to synthesize intellectual property (IP) functions in programmable logic for system-on-chip applications.
Under a licensing agreement, Synplicity has agreed to provide Altera with its Synplify Pro and Amplify software, which can be used to develop MegaCore functions in "system-on-a-programmable chips," dubbed SoPC. In addition, Synplicity has agreed to provide a special version of its synthesis software to Altera customers for use with encrypted MegaCore functions.
"As more customers adopt our SoPC solutions, the development methodology is critical in the successful implementation and integration of IP," said Craig Lytle, vice president of Altera's intellectual property business unit. "Leveraging Synplicity's synthesis technology for the development of our MegaCore functions will enable Altera to continue to deliver t he highest performance cores to our customers."
Under the partnership agreement, Altera will distribute evaluation copies of selected Synplicity synthesis products with Quartus II development software, which provides a complete environment for SoPC design.
The special version of Synplicity software supporting Altera's encrypted MegaCore functions will be available in the third quarter of 2001. Evaluation copies of Synplicity products bundled with Quartus II software will also be available in the third quarter.