One of the biggest hurdles to designing semiconductors in the cloud is a flexible licensing model to gain access to the world-class design and verification tools. Couple that with proprietary designs that could equate to hundreds of millions of dollars. The stakes are high, so confidentiality and security are key to cloud semiconductor design adoption. But now with Synopsys EDA Cloud on Microsoft Azure, designers can have the elasticity and time to results advantages and security in the cloud, along with a streamlined payment model that allows you to pay as you go.
A large number of companies are beginning to design their own chips for custom applications and the need for a compressed time-to-market along with a vast increase in chip complexity puts pressure to bear. Meanwhile, scaling out an EDA tools infrastructure can be too capital- and labor-intensive for smaller players to compete. Synopsys has just introduced Synopsys Cloud with flexible options for EDA design that can be managed by Synopsys or the users with the benefit of easily scaling compute resources up or down, depending on the need, with a pay-as-you-go approach.
“As more design flows incorporate AI, requiring even more resources, the virtually unlimited compute and EDA access we’re providing will lay the foundation for new levels of semiconductor innovation while delivering a flexible, secure chip development environment for future demands,” Sassine Ghazi, Synopsys president and COO, told Forbes.
Designing chips in the cloud is an attractive option to achieve better time to results but many designers hold back due to concerns about protecting their IP. Synopsys has teamed up with Microsoft Azure Cloud to provide the tools you need for chip design on pre-optimized cloud infrastructure. You can also bring your own cloud (BYOC) resources whether its Azure, AWS, or Google and use Synopsys Cloud. And, in terms of security, you have the Synopsys software integrity platform, role-based multi-factor authentication, and other features to keep your designs secure.
As chip design becomes more complex, a 3D problem that will incorporate ever more AI, Synopsys is providing a great resource in Synopsys Cloud that enables you to scale up or down compute resources in response to your changing needs. The on-demand infrastructure both helps cut time and cost, and provides an alternative to home-grown, long-term data center infrastructure investment.
Synopsys’ new pay-as-you-go chip design and verification solution employs a SaaS model so chip designers can scale as needed up and down and pay along the way. While Synopsys Cloud SaaS deployment based on Microsoft Azure means you don’t have to build and maintain your own infrastructure, you can also BYOC as Synopsys Cloud works on private cloud as well.
EDA in the cloud has been discussed for a long while but this new announcement from Synopsys, Synopsys Cloud, is different. In the first place, it supports both BYOC and also a SaaS model and the FlexEDA “is a game changer,” using proprietary metering technology that allows access to EDA tools paid by the minute or the hour.
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