25th Anniversary Timeline 

Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation 

2001-2005 The Complete Design Solutions Company


Aart de Geus named CEO of the Year by Electronic Business magazine, December 2002.
2001 to 2005 marked significant growth for Synopsys. The company reached nearly $1 billion in revenue, grew its employee base to more than 4,700 people, established offices in Armenia, Denmark, Dubai, and Ireland, and completed several major acquisitions including Avant!, InSilicon, and Numerical Technologies.

Products, Solutions & Technology

Synopsys continued to expand its product portfolio to offer a complete design solution. Key products introduced included NanoSim®, PCI Digital Cores, PrimePower, System Studio™, USB Digital Cores, USB PHYs, Discovery™ Verification Platform, Galaxy™ Design Platform, SystemVerilog, Proteus AF, Saber VHDL-AMS, HSIM®, DFTMAX™, DesignWare® IO Libraries, IC Compiler™, and PrimeRail.

Synopsys advertisements for DesignWare® IP and the Galaxy™ Platform.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 2001
    • C Level Design
  • 2002
    • inSilicon
    • CoDesign
    • Avant!
  • 2003
    • Qualis, Inc.
    • Innologic Systems
    • Numerical Technologies
  • 2004
    • Accelerant
    • Cascade
    • Progressant
    • Leda, Inc.
    • ADA
    • iRoC SA
    • Monterey
    • ISE
  • 2005
    • TriCN
    • Nassda
    • HPL






Customers & Partners
Synopsys continued to expand its customer relationships to include AMI Semiconductor (now part of ON Semiconductor), Avago, Freescale, and Renesas.

Standards & Interoperability
  • 2001
    • Synopsys donated core technology for SystemVerilog to Accellera.
    • Synopsys launched the TAP-in program.
  • 2002
    • Synopsys established the Tenzing Norgay Interoperability Achievement Award.
  • 2003
    • Synopsys released open source standards SAIF and OpenMAST.
    • Synopsys established the SystemVerilog Catalyst program.
  • 2004
    • Synopsys released the Milkyway Open Proprietary standard and made it available through the MAP-in program.
    • Synopsys became the first EDA Corporate Member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA).
  • 2005
    • SystemVerilog, based on Synopsys’ technology contribution, was approved as IEEE Std. 1800-2005.
    • SystemC, based on Synopsys’ technology contribution, was approved as IEEE Std. 1666-2005.
    • LibertyTAB (LTAB), chaired by Synopsys, was formed under Si2.

Community Relations & University Programs
  • 2001
    • Synopsys launched the global employee leadership and donations/grant program.
    • Synopsys launched a matching gift program for U.S. employees.
  • 2002
    • Synopsys received the Outstanding Corporate Grant Maker award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Silicon Valley.
  • 2003
    • Synopsys employees and their families around the world reached a record of 10,000 annual volunteer hours.
  • 2004
    • Synopsys' on-site university, known as the Synopsys Armenia Educational Department, was created.
  • 2005
    • Synopsys chaired the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
    • 40 Synopsys offices around the world participated in local community activities.
    • Synopsys made complete Bachelor and Master curriculum programs for IC and EDA design available in four languages.
    • Synopsys established the Republic of Armenia (RA) President’s Educational award.
    • Synopsys established the Charles Babbage Grant.


User Community

SNUGThe Synopsys Users Group (SNUG®) program continued to increase its global presence with conferences held in China, Korea and Taiwan.

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