Synopsys, Inc. is one of the largest companies in the Electronic Design Automation industry. Synopsys' first and best-known product is Design Compiler, a logic-synthesis tool. Synopsys offers a wide range of other products used in the design of an application-specific integrated circuit. Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, HDL (SystemC, SystemVerilog/Verilog, VHDL) simulators as well as transistor-level circuit simulation. The simulators include development and debugging environments which assist in the design of the logic for chips and computer systems. The company was founded in 1986 by Dr. Aart J. de Geus, David Gregory and a team of engineers from General Electric's Microelectronics Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. First established as Optimal Solutions, Synopsys was chartered to develop and market the synthesis technology developed by the team at General Electric.
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