Synopsys buys MorethanIP to expand DesignWare Ethernet IP portfolio

April 19, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Synopsys buys MorethanIP to expand DesignWare Ethernet IP portfolio
Acquisition will enable Synopsys to deliver a complete Ethernet IP implementation of MAC, PCS and 112G PHY for 200G/400G and 800G high-performance computing SoCs.

Synopsys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MorethanIP, a provider of Ethernet Digital Controller IP supporting data rates from 10G to 800G. This acquisition will expand the DesignWare® Ethernet Controller IP portfolio from Synopsys 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 existing 112G Ethernet PHY IP from Synopsys. The acquisition also adds 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, which is not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed. The transaction is currently expected to close in May 2021.

"Hyperscale cloud data centers continue to evolve due to tremendous Internet traffic growth,  driving the need for high-speed interfaces to optimize 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."

The 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, the IP Accelerated initiative offers IP prototyping kits, IP software development kits and IP subsystems.

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