Empowering Future Industry Leaders Through a Diverse Offering of Academic Programs

Through innovative collaborations, shared programs, and access to advanced technologies, Synopsys Academic & Research Alliances (SARA) is dedicated to furthering university research and education in the field of electronic design. By investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, we aim to nurture the interests and skills that are needed to bring the next generation of engineers into the workforce and the research labs. Our efforts touch a variety of groups in a number of ways. 

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Check out our different technology areas and learn more about the resources that we have available to help enrich your engineering program. 

University Software Program

Innovate from chips to software with our silicon design and verification, silicon IP, and software security and quality solutions. 

Optical Design

Build better optical designs faster with software for imaging, illumination, automotive lighting, and photonic and optical network design.

Static Analysis

Address security and quality defects in code as it's being developed with static analysis software, while managing risks and ensuring standards compliance.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is EDA?

Electronic Design Automation, or EDA, is a market segment consisting of software, hardware, and services with the collective goal of assisting in the definition, planning, design, implementation, verification, and subsequent manufacturing of semiconductor devices, or chips. Regarding the manufacturing of these devices, the primary providers of this service are semiconductor foundries, or fabs. These highly complex and costly facilities are either owned and operated by large, vertically integrated semiconductor companies or operated as independent, “pure-play” manufacturing service providers.

What EDA tools are available to universities? How much does it cost?

The University Software Program bundle is available upon request. Bundle types, quantity and pricing vary by region and are managed by Sales. Their configurations are updated once per year and provide a full Synopsys flow.

Please email univmkting@synopsys.com to learn more.

What software and/or programs are available to universities?
  • Synopsys University Software Program. Providing academic and research institutions with access to the EDA tools and technology needed to prepare highly skilled graduates ready to work in the world of Smart, Secure Everything. Membership in the program includes access to leading-edge EDA software, technical support, curriculum, and more.
  • Synopsys Optical Design Student Licensing Program. Gain access to CODE V, LightTools, and RSoft Photonic Device tools. This offer is available to students currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree program in North America, working toward a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D.
  • Static Analysis Academic Program. Grant universities the opportunity to access our leading static analysis product for the purpose of developing and testing software code–either as part of a classroom setting or as part of non-profit academic research.
  • Synopsys Eval Portal. This portal gives you the opportunity to request an evaluation license for the Synopsys software products listed below.
  • ASIP Programmer. Software Development Kits (SDK) for Application – Specific Instruction-set Processors (ASIPs)
  • Simpleware. Software for 3D Image Visualization, Analysis and Model Generation
  • … and many more!
What resources are available to support use of the Synopsys tools at universities?

Synopsys provides the following support materials to help professors seamlessly integrate Synopsys tools into their courses. All information is available for download from Members Only, (requires SolvNet ID and password to access).

  • Synopsys Learning Center. A new training hub that offers a wide range of courses in different delivery modes and allows for easier navigation, as well as personalized learning experiences using your SolvNetPlus credentials.
  • Curriculum. Synopsys provides universities with access to comprehensive curricula for Bachelor and Master Programs in IC design and EDA development that include lectures, labs, homework, and exams.
  • Teaching Resources. Teaching resources such as generic libraries, PDKs, memory compiler are available to enable students to gain valuable experience using a complete design flow and to master advanced design methods such as low power and analog/mixed signal.
What is SolvNet?

SolvNetPlus is a repository of resources available for individuals to resolve many support issues, provide training, and educational materials. Only the two primary account holders can submit cases and download files. However, additional university affiliates now have access to a knowledgebase version of SolvNet, which unlocks documentation and a comprehensive, searchable knowledgebase that provides solutions to frequently encountered problems.  

To learn more, email universitysolvnet@synopsys.com

Are university students, professors, or researchers eligible to access SolvNetPlus?

Yes. Only the two designated site contacts may access SolvNetPlus to download software, keys, and request technical support. However, current and/or enrolled university affiliates have access to an broadened version of SolvNet, which unlocks documentation and offers a comprehensive, searchable knowledgebase with solutions to frequently encountered problems. To add new accounts, either of the two primary contacts can send the list of emails to universitysolvnet@synopsys.com.

Does Synopsys offer internships for students?

Yes! Internships are posted here on a regular basis: Internships | Students & Recent Graduates

Do university customers get product training?

Yes. Access to training varies by region and may or may not be free depending on the terms of the End User License Agreement.

Do university customers get technical support?

Yes. You may email the Support Center at support_center@synopsys.com. From there the inquiries are screened and routed accordingly. Only the two main site contacts (Primary and EST) may request support.   

When contacting the Support Center: 

  • Enter your University Name and Site ID # as the Subject 

  • Provide the following information in the body: 

    • Detailed description of the problem; the tool(s) and version(s) used 

    • Specific behavior or error(s) messages you are experiencing 

Can I reference Synopsys products in my publication and/or thesis, and how?

Yes! Please notify us at SNPSinScience@synopsys.com  

The basic format is the following:  

Title of Software. (Version or year), Publisher Name. Accessed: Date (when applicable). [Type of Medium]. Available: site/path/file  

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