Synopsys Aligns with
India's Strong Semiconductor Growth
As a product development and semiconductor manufacturing center in its own right, India is enjoying significant growth across the entire semiconductor ecosystem. Jaisimha Durgam, technical director, and Anant Singhal, sales manager, both from Synopsys India, outline the key attributes of this vibrant chip economy, and describe Synopsys’ own growth strategy for the region.
The Indian chip design landscape is rapidly evolving from its legacy as a low-cost provider of design services, to an emerging product development and semiconductor manufacturing center in its own right. Synopsys’ phased growth within the region has provided a solid platform to serve the EDA and IP needs of this substantial new industry.
Recent estimates suggest that by 2006 the value of the Indian fabless semiconductor industry has reached over $3 billion, surging from around the $1 billion level just four years ago.
This growth has been reflected across the entire ecosystem. The established multinational OEMs that have had a presence in India for more than ten years have been joined by more than 120 chip design companies, including as well a raft of services companies, IP providers, tool and testing companies. With the imminent construction of a number of fabrication facilities in Hyderabad, the indigenous semiconductor industry is now poised for yet further growth.
Applications and Cutting Edge Technology
As a region that develops products for the world market, India is subject to the global pressures of delivering high functionality and yet low cost designs. Consequently there is a pronounced shift towards smaller process geometries, i.e. 90nm and 65nm. This increasing complexity of ICs requires sophisticated EDA tools combined with proven IP, consulting services and strong customer support to develop superior products required by computer, communications, consumer electronics, aerospace and other companies.
With the wireless, desktop and mobile markets booming in India, the need to provide complete and correlated design flows to customers is of the utmost importance. One of the key requirements in supporting complex designs in advanced technology is the provision of a predictable design flow. Predictability enables design teams to be confident about the ability to achieve design closure with high levels of verification confidence, and ultimately achieve tape out success.
Synopsys India: Ready to Meet the Challenge
Given the advanced design in terms of technology complexity levels, use of Synopsys EDA tools within Indian design centers is at par with the leading state-of-the-art design centers across the world. Synopsys is estimated to have over 5,000 users in India across the country. Design projects of five million gates or more, 65nm and 90 nm processes, are becoming increasingly common.
Managing Regional Growth
Starting with a state-of-the-art R&D facility located in Bangalore in 1995, Synopsys today has an equally impressive site in Hyderabad. Sales and support offices are located in Noida, Bangalore and Hyderabad with a total employee strength close to 500.
Synopsys’ growth in the region has closely tracked the emergence of the industry for more than ten years in the following phases:
Phase 1 The mid 90’s saw the establishment of a remote R&D site. This was the time when the concept of off shoring had just begun. Synopsys developed its R&D site in Bangalore. The charter was to provide high quality software development support to complement the US-based R&D organization. In addition, a sales office and field support organization was also set up in Bangalore.
Phase 2 By the year 2000, the India centre became recognized for its engineering skills and capability to drive technical leadership. It also demonstrated strength in developing product features and functionality totally from concept to implementation. During this period, the team grew from 50 to 200 engineers.
Phase 3 In the last few years, there has been a tremendous market growth in India, both for global semiconductor leaders as well as domestic design service companies. Most interestingly, we are also witnessing the arrival of numerous semiconductor start ups. Most of these companies are involved in high complexity, dense product designs that depend on the use of advanced EDA tools for their success.
In support of phase 3, Synopsys has a substantial presence in India today headed by a seasoned management team, and offering technical skills across key disciplines including design implementation, verification, global support, R&D, applications consulting and sales.
is technical director for Synopsys in India, and Anant Singhal is sales manager within the region.
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