News - Research programme announced between University College Cork (UCC) and Synopsys

Published on 09 December 2008
Research programme announced between University College Cork (UCC) and Synopsys

Research programme announced between University College Cork (UCC) and Synopsys

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan TD announced today (8/12/08) that Synopsys is to expand its R&D operations at its Blanchardstown facility by adding up to 50 new high-level software and electronic engineering positions over four years, with the support of Government through IDA Ireland. The R&D activity will involve the development of software and hardware for chip designers to control and support high speeds and increasing bandwidths in computing devices, at technology nodes of 45 and 32 nanometers (nm). The research programme is in collaboration with the Departments of Electronic Engineering and the Centre for Efficiency Oriented Languages (CEOL) in University College Cork (UCC).

Synopsys is a world leader in providing software and intellectual property (IP) products for semiconductor design and manufacturing. Synopsys technologies and design services help companies that develop and manufacture chips and electronic products bring high-performance products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk.

Making today’s announcement, Tánaiste Coughlan said: 'I am delighted to announce this technologically advanced investment from a leading software company and I welcome the collaboration with UCC. The technology developed by Synopsys is innovative, leading-edge and addresses critical needs in the global semiconductor industry. The addition of up to 50 R&D positions over time is consistent with the Government’s and IDA Ireland’s objective of winning quality R&D investments from the world’s leading companies and developing a knowledge-based economy. Synopsys has a strong history of high value R&D investment in Ireland and has already made significant investments in developing a number of its key product lines here. Today’s announcement could grow to a total of 74 R&D engineers carrying out strategic research aligned to Synopsys Inc.'

In accordance with its goal to attract global corporations that bring innovative projects to Ireland, IDA Ireland is working closely with Synopsys to optimize their return on investment, further strengthening this important relationship at corporate level.

Synopsys International Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synopsys, Inc., was established in Blanchardstown, Dublin in 1999. It currently has an EMEA Financial Shared Services Centre, legal and international tax functions and two separate R&D units involved in the research, development and licensing of electronic design EDA software and IP products for Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan.

'Technology advances in the semiconductor industry have increased the features, power efficiency and functional capacity of chips. The demand for smaller handheld consumer electronic devices that is driving these technical advances is also introducing new challenges for all participants in the semiconductor value chain, from designers to manufacturers. Synopsys plays a key role in addressing these technical challenges and this R&D announcement underpins the level of Synopsys’ commitment in Ireland. We look forward to working with UCC and its world-class researchers on a number of exciting projects' said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager, Implementation Group, Synopsys, Inc.

Welcoming today’s announcement Brendan Cremen, Director Office of Technology Transfer UCC said 'UCC is committed to high quality research and to ensuring this research collaboration has economic relevance for Ireland, including the development of high level engineering skills relevant to high tech companies, investing in Ireland. UCC is delighted to be a partner in this collaboration with Synopsys and IDA Ireland, as it reflects these commitments in a tangible and direct way.'

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