MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA; WESTFORD, MA and MUNICH, GermanySynopsys Inc. and Zuken announced a partnership to develop an integrated and robust PCB design and simulation solution. The intended solution combines two complementary product lines –Synopsys’ Saber Simulator and Zuken’s CR-5000 System Designer – to deliver a platform for integrated system-level electronic design, simulation and verification. The companies have also established an agreement enabling mutual promotion and development work.

Development teams from both companies will use Synopsys’ Frameway technology to create a bi-directional interface between the complementary toolsets. Customers will use System Designer to create their designs, and then directly launch Saber simulations from within the CR-5000 environment. This approach reportedly eliminates potential errors by connecting the design implementation, simulator and results analysis within a common interface. Results will be analyzed in Synopsys’ CosmosScope waveform analyzer.

“For the automotive and aerospace sectors that we both serve, highly accurate and reliable physical simulation is critical,” said Gerhard Lipski, Zuken Americas CEO and European general manager. “The Saber simulator is the most trusted and recognized analog/mixed-signal simulator in the automotive and aerospace industries. Working with Synopsys to integrate our design and simulation environments, we can improve the quality and reliability of product design. This partnership can make the Zuken solution one of the most comprehensive PCB design environments available.”

“Our customers will clearly benefit from this strategic partnership between Synopsys and Zuken as the resulting platform bridges the gap between PCB design and verification. Zuken’s CR-5000 design environment is a market leader in the design and layout of printed circuit boards. The integration of the Saber Simulator with CR-5000 System Designer brings robust design methodologies to the board-level design market,” said Mick O’Brien, vice president and general manager of the Saber product line at Synopsys.
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