Last week I blogged about the product overlap and integration challenges that Synopsys faces with the acquisition of Ciranova.
Let's take a look at the IC entry and layout products from SpringSoft and how they fit into the tools that Synopsys already owns:
All four sets of EDA tools do use the common OpenAccess database, so that gives a foundation to build upon however the GUI is distinct for all sets of tools and the GUI is what engineers see and use every day. Synopsys can either converge on a unified GUI, or continue to sell distinct-looking EDA tools which means higher support costs and longer learning curves for customers.
The position that Synopsys is in today reminds me of when Cadence previously acquired multiple EDA point-tool companies then spent years before they could actually integrate all of that great technology into something unified for users.
Looking at the product table comparison I see much product overlap and from a business viewpoint it makes sense to consolidate the product lines instead of keeping them all alive.
SpringSoft with the Laker schematics and layout probably has more seats than Synopsys Customer Designer, however Synopsys is the larger company, so it's not clear which tool wins and which one dies or is merged. As a customer of Synopsys or Springsoft tools I would be very eager to know what the product roadmap is going to be, and if my favorite and productive tools are going to be orphaned, supported, maintained, swapped out, discontinued or merged.
SpringSoft also offers functional closure tools and prototype verification, so let's compare them:
|Functional Automation||VCS (integrated)||Certitude|
|ProtoLink Probe Visualizer|
Verdi has a strong following, so it may make sense to replace DVE with Verdi to the installed based of Synopsys users.
I love to root for the underdog in EDA, so I'm feeling a little sad that SpringSoft has been acquired by Synopsys. On the bright side the SpringSoft tools are now part of the number one EDA company so they could enjoy a longer life and broader market appeal, especially after we learn about the new product roadmap.
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