The year 1986 saw a number of noteworthy, even monumental, events. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its first annual induction of influential artists. British surgeons performed the first triple organ transplant. The Soviets launched the Mir space station. In the world of high technology, Intel rolled out the 80386 microprocessor, IBM unveiled the first laptop computer… and Synopsys was born.
In the 25 years since its inception - December 18, 2011, marked the official anniversary — Synopsys has become synonymous with technology leadership, customer service excellence and integrity. The company has continued to expand its portfolio by investing in innovative solutions, whether developed internally or through strategic acquisition. In its first five years alone, Synopsys introduced such cornerstone products as Design Compiler and HDL Compiler, established relationships with more than 30 of the world's leading chipmakers, and grew annual revenues to $22 million.
The next decade, from 1991 to 2000, was a time of massive growth for Synopsys, as the world of EDA rapidly broadened beyond synthesis and front-end design to encompass higher levels of abstraction and the ever-expanding realm of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). By 2000, annual revenues had jumped to $784 million, long standing strategic partnerships had been established with the leading foundries and FPGA providers, and Synopsys had acquired several early EDA point tool providers. Among the more than two dozen key products added to Synopsys offerings in that time were DesignWare Libraries and Verification IP, DFT Compiler, DC Expert, PrimeTime, Formality, VCS, PathMill, and TetraMAX. The Synopsys Users' Group (SNUG) was also established, with conferences held in Silicon Valley, Europe and Japan.
During this period, Synopsys also launched efforts beyond technology development that proved vital to the growth of the industry, and which the company continues to lead and champion. These efforts include supporting industry standards, encouraging the next generation of engineers through Synopsys' university program (est. 1996) and giving back to local communities through the Synopsys Outreach Foundation (est. 1999).
Moving into the homestretch of Synopsys' first 25 years, the company really hit its stride. Between 2001 and 2011, Synopsys furthered its technology leadership by expanding beyond core EDA. The addition of new technology during that time helped Synopsys address the FPGA market, deliver manufacturing awareness early in the design cycle, and offer state-of-the-art simulation and modeling capabilities. Synopsys also solidified its system-level strategy, and continued to build its IP portfolio, establishing itself as the world's No. 2 provider of semiconductor IP overall and the No. 1 provider of connectivity IP.
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