MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - September 14, 2015) - Through its OpenMODEL™ process, Open-Silicon constantly strives to enable customers to utilize the best technology available by providing system designers with pre-validated solutions that enable the delivery of the energy-efficient, always-on processing required for IoT applications. This process has been extended to include support for Synopsys DesignWare® ARC Processors and Sensor and Control IP subsystem in Open-Silicon's Spec2Chip IoT offering. Open-Silicon's scalable IoT SoC platform enables efficient hardware-software partitioning, custom IP integration, verification, and software development. Open-Silicon has also provided a port of the RIOT OS for the ARC EM Starter Kit which Synopsys has made publicly available. As part of this ongoing collaboration, Open-Silicon has joined Synopsys' ARC Access Program as a silicon design and software provider supporting ARC Processors. Members of the ARC Access Program have access to ARC MetaWare development tools, ARC Development Systems, and support from Synopsys that helps members optimize their services and products for the ARC architecture.

Vasan Karighattam, Open-Silicon VP of Engineering, responsible for Architecture, SoC design, and System Software states, "We are excited to join the Synopsys ARC Access Program. IoT System-on-Chip development is a key area of focus, and we have been using Synopsys' ARC EM processors in deeply embedded IoT applications. We recently completed a dual-core ARC EM design for a mutual customer. As a part of our IoT SoC platform, we used Synopsys' DesignWare ARC EM5D processor and Sensor and Control IP Subsystem to create an ultra-low power IoT SoC platform, which includes an IoT operating system, protocols, sensors, and communication modules."

"We welcome Open-Silicon as a new member of the ARC Access Program," said Matt Gutierrez, Director of Marketing, Processor IP, and Tools at Synopsys. "This program contributes to the ecosystem of hardware and software development solutions available to ARC users by enabling industry-leading vendors to pre-optimize and pre-validate their products for ARC-based implementations. SoC designers will be able to leverage Open-Silicon's experience implementing advanced chips, including ARC-based SoCs, to get their products to market faster and with less risk."

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Open Silicon has also contributed a port of the RIOT OS for the ARC EM Starter Kit. RIOT is an open source and lightweight OS for the Internet of Things. It is IoT-ready with support for many of the IoT protocols in use today. The RIOT port for the DesignWare ARC EM Starter Kit is now available from GitHub at

Open-Silicon will show the demo of Industrial IoT ASIC Platform with Synopsys ARC with RIOT, Zigbee, and Sensors at the Synopsys Users Group (SNUG®) Austin Designer Community Expo (DCE), Friday, September 18, 2015. The Synopsys Users Group is open to all Synopsys customers. DCE is open to all registered attendees of SNUG Austin.

About Open-Silicon

Open-Silicon transforms ideas into system-optimized ASIC solutions within the time-to-market parameters desired by customers. The company enhances the value of customers' products by innovating at every stage of design - architecture, logic, physical, system, software, and IP -- and then continues to partner to deliver fully tested silicon and platforms. Open-Silicon applies an open business model that enables the company to uniquely choose best-in-industry IP, design methodologies, tools, software, packaging, manufacturing, and test capabilities. Open-Silicon's capability enables the company to uniquely provide solutions for computing, networking, consumer, and IoT applications. The company has partnered with over 150 companies ranging from large semiconductor and systems manufacturers to high-profile start-ups, and has successfully completed 300 designs and shipped over hundred million ASICs to date. Privately-held, Open-Silicon employs over 260 people in Silicon Valley and around the world.

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