Bangalore, June 24, 2015 – Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that it has hosted its 16th annual Synopsys User’s Group (SNUG™) in India to help engineers better address the productivity challenges they face when designing today’s chips and electronic systems. The conference, which has grown into one of the industry’s largest gatherings of semiconductor professionals in India, highlighted advancements in semiconductor design and verification that can be used to design even the most complex systems on chips (SoCs). More than 3,000 Synopsys tool, IP and software users attended the two-day conference on June 24 & 25 at the Leela Palace in Bangalore, making it the largest SNUG India event to date. Launched in 2000, SNUG India is part of a global program that began in 1991 and currently includes 13 user conferences with more than 10,000 participants each year.
SNUG India 2015 featured 57 user papers with 41 presentations that discussed a wide range of technical topics relating to design exploration, low power implementation and verification, test, mixed-signal verification, emulation and FPGA prototyping. This user-driven event promotes strong engagement with other semiconductor professionals and provides a platform for sharing best practices and methodologies in the area of semiconductor design. SNUG aims to showcase user innovation and foster local user communities. In addition to creating avenues to network with other professionals, this year’s event in India featured new solutions to address the toughest design challenges engineers face as the semiconductor industry takes bold steps towards sub-10-nanometer (10nm) system-on-chips (SoCs).
In his opening-day keynote address, Dr. Chi-Foon Chan, president and co-CEO of Synopsys, talked of the approaches taken by the industry to shorten design cycles while dealing with greater technological complexity.
From silicon to software, two simultaneous and fundamental trends drive the future. First, a decade of silicon advances brought substantially more computation and a world of Internet of Things (IoT) based on low-power and low-cost silicon capabilities. Second, these advances are leveraged by a massive software push, ranging from embedded software to domain-specific application software.
These trends are leading into a decade of smart everything that will impact both technology and business models. For designers and developers, it will result in increasing pressure to accelerate, or ‘shift left’, schedules regardless of the complexity. Dr. Chan’s presentation looked into the innovations and productivity advancements in design, verification, IP and software integrity to help the industry ‘shift left’ from silicon to software.
Dr. Pradip Dutta, corporate vice president and managing director for Synopsys India said, “SNUG offers a valuable opportunity for the chip design engineering community to connect with each other, and to interact with Synopsys executives and technologists. This year we added a special track on software integrity that can address quality and security of software used by both semiconductor and enterprise customers.”
Daaman Hejmadi, VP of engineering, Qualcomm India, delivered a keynote address titled, “Why Wait? Harnessing Technology to Create a More Connected Society, NOW.” In his talk, Daaman highlighted technologies and innovations that address a wide range of real world problems from the lack of broadband connectivity in emerging nations to the need for creation of smart and interconnected societies. He shared the pioneering solutions being developed by Qualcomm and the opportunities and challenges these pose for the VLSI ecosystem.
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