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Synopsys acquisition expands DesignWare ethernet IP portfolio

Synopsys has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MorethanIP, a provider of Ethernet Digital Controller IP supporting data rates from 10G to 800G.

The acquisition will expand Synopsys' DesignWare Ethernet Controller IP portfolio with the addition of MAC and PCS for 200G/400G and 800G Ethernet, providing customers with a complete low-latency, high-performance Ethernet IP solution for networking, AI, and cloud computing SoCs.

The acquired MAC and PCS IP will complement Synopsys' existing 112G Ethernet PHY IP solution and the acquisition will also add a team of experienced R&D engineers with extensive domain knowledge who have led the development of the high-speed Ethernet specifications.

The terms of the deal are not being disclosed and the transaction is currently expected to close in May 2021.

"Hyperscale cloud data centres continue to evolve due to tremendous Internet traffic growth, driving the need for high-speed interfaces to optimise data processing, networking, and storage in the cloud," said Joachim Kunkel, general manager of the Solutions Group at Synopsys. "The acquisition of MorethanIP enables us to build on our leading Ethernet IP portfolio and provide a complete controller and PHY Ethernet IP solution that addresses the performance and latency requirements of 200G/400G/800G cloud computing designs, while allowing customers to comprehensively meet their needs for high-quality IP solutions from a single, trusted supplier."

Synopsys' broad DesignWare IP portfolio includes logic libraries, embedded memories, IOs, PVT sensors, embedded test, analog IP, 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.

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Neil Tyler

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