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Synopsys Silicon-Proven DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer and PHY IP Achieve Bluetooth 5 Qualification


New Bluetooth Low Energy PHY Delivers Up to 60 percent Smaller Area for Low-Power IoT Designs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017 –  Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that the silicon-proven DesignWare® Bluetooth® Low Energy Link Layer IP and PHY IP in industry-standard 40-nanometer (nm) and 55-nm processes have achieved Bluetooth 5 qualification and have been declared compliant by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Achieving qualification ensures the robustness of the IP and that it functions as expected within a system-on-chip (SoC). The DesignWare Bluetooth IP solution has been validated with third-party software stack providers, including SEARAN, to provide designers with a complete hardware and software solution. The IP has been tested in third-party interoperability workshops to ensure that it operates reliably in real-world environments. The new, qualified DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy PHY IP delivers up to 60 percent smaller area compared to the previous Bluetooth PHY solution, providing designers with a compact, low-power wireless IP solution for IoT applications such as medical, smart appliances, smart thermostats and wearables.

"SEARAN and Synopsys are addressing our mutual customers' low energy wireless connectivity needs by providing a proven, complete Bluetooth 5 IP solution," said Arkady Pittel, president and CEO at SEARAN. "The integrated solution, consisting of SEARAN's compact dotstack and Synopsys' DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer IP and PHY IP, allows designers to quickly bring differentiated Bluetooth-based products to the fast moving IoT market."

Synopsys' Bluetooth 5 Link Layer and PHY IP solutions support Bluetooth mesh and enable secure wireless connectivity with extended reach, and data rates up to 2Mbps with an integrated on-chip transceiver matching network. The PHY also supports the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for connectivity over wireless networks such as Zigbee or Thread. With more than 15 years of analog and radio frequency (RF) design experience and a portfolio of silicon-proven IP shipping in volume, Synopsys provides a robust wireless IP solution for integration into SoCs.

"Connected devices like wearables, smart locks and smart thermostats require Bluetooth technology to communicate wirelessly at extremely low power," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. "By providing a silicon-proven and qualified Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer and PHY IP solution, Synopsys enables designers to integrate the required functionality into their SoCs to ensure compliance, interoperability and robustness of their designs."

Availability and Additional Resources

The next-generation Bluetooth Low Energy PHY IP in 40-nm process is scheduled to be available in Q4 of 2017. Synopsys' DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy Link Layer IP and PHY IP in 40-nm and 55-nm are available now.

For more information on Synopsys' DesignWare Bluetooth Low Energy IP solutions, visit the web page.

About DesignWare IP

Synopsys is a leading provider of high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. The broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes logic libraries, embedded memories, embedded test, analog IP, wired and wireless interface IP, security IP, embedded processors and subsystems. To accelerate prototyping, software development and integration of IP into SoCs, Synopsys' IP Accelerated initiative offers IP prototyping kits, IP software development kits and IP subsystems. Synopsys' extensive investment in IP quality, comprehensive technical support and robust IP development methodology enable designers to reduce integration risk and accelerate time-to-market. For more information on DesignWare IP, visit www.synopsys.com/designware.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world's 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at www.synopsys.com.

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