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Oticon Tapes Out Innovative Hearing-Aid DSP Using Synopsys IC Compiler
Date:6/2/2008

IC Compiler Enables Extremely Low-Power Design for Innovative Medical

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced that Oticon has taped out part of its next-generation digital signal processor (DSP) chipset for hearing-aid devices using Synopsys' IC Compiler design planning and place-and-route product, which is part of the Eclypse(TM) Low Power Solution. Enhanced design productivity, small form factor, and low power consumption were key requirements for Oticon's design. Oticon leveraged IC Compiler within Synopsys' Pilot Design Environment, delivering predictable low-power results and enabling faster time to tapeout.

"Battery life is one of our customers' major concerns. Taking advantage of IC Compiler's automatic multi-voltage, MTCMOS shutdown, and multi-threshold capabilities, we were able to meet our extreme low-power requirements and deliver new innovation to our hearing aid users," said Mogens Balsby, director of IC Design at Oticon. "Because we were moving to a new, advanced technology node and time-to-market was critical, we used Synopsys' Pilot tapeout-proven design environment, which includes full implementation, formal checking, and physical verification and leverages best-in-class tools. We were extremely satisfied with the results achieved with IC Compiler and the Pilot Design Environment on our complex design."

Oticon is the world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of hearing aids that embed sophisticated integrated circuits (ICs) that deliver massively parallel, digital audio signal processing and wireless commu
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