Copilot to accelerate chip design

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Synopsys has announced a breakthrough generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) capability for accelerating chip design, Copilot.

The new capability is the result of a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to integrate Azure OpenAI Service that brings GenAI into the design process for semiconductors. is the industry’s first AI-driven EDA suite and the Azure OpenAI Service gives customers access to OpenAI’s large language models (LLMs) with the capabilities of Microsoft Azure.

Both companies have collaborated to support Synopsys’ development of Copilot, which brings together Azure OpenAI Service generative AI capabilities with Synopsys’ chip design tools and IP to help engineering teams accelerate time to market and address systemic complexity through the power of conversational intelligence.

“The semiconductor industry is racing to develop faster, more efficient, and optimised computing, which is also driving complexity. At the same time, we’re facing a projected 15% to 30% workforce gap for chip design engineers by 2030,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, general manager of the Synopsys EDA Group. “AI-driven design can help address these challenges. Synopsys pioneered AI-driven design with our EDA suite. Now, working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’re taking AI-driven design to the next level with generative capability such as conversational intelligence delivered in this first Copilot.”

In 2022, Synopsys introduced the industry’s first SaaS EDA solution powered by Microsoft Azure.

“Our history with Synopsys is built on a shared vision for accelerating semiconductor innovation through Cloud and AI,” explained Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “Microsoft’s engineering teams worked closely with Synopsys to bring the transformational power of Generative AI to EDA, which will empower semiconductor design engineers using the Copilot with the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchain built on Microsoft Azure.”

This collaboration delivers:

New AI-powered experiences: Copilot works alongside designers in the Synopsys tools they use every day, enabling conversational intelligence, in natural language, across the design team. Copilot, the first in a planned line of generative AI capability from Synopsys, is designed to learn new skills and grow with teams’ needs, making it easier for chipmakers to boost productivity and achieve design targets across all stages of chip design, from system architecture exploration to design and manufacturing.

AI infrastructure at scale: Deployable in any on-prem or on-cloud environment, Copilot integrates Microsoft Azure on-demand high-performance computing infrastructure with the availability, affordability, and capacity to handle AI workloads for advanced chip design and verification applications.

Safe and responsible design: Underpinning the collaboration is a mutual focus on building responsible AI systems that are safe and trustworthy. The intention of this framework is to promote the safe deployment of AI technologies in the creation of new silicon-based applications.

The combination of AI-powered design capabilities available at scale on high-performance infrastructure can deliver a step-function improvement in helping engineering teams innovate faster and more efficiently. Copilot is available now for early-access customers.