About Silicon Compilers Systems
Developer of integrated circuit design automation systems. The company addresses all segments of the IC design market, including standard product development, library development, and ASIC design. Its GENESIL VLSI design system, introduced in 1984, allows systems engineers without semiconductor design experience to design and analyze complex circuits from high-level architectural descriptions. Using forms-based input, users could input functions, truth tables, or state-machine statements to generate random logic, data paths, memories, and PLAs. More recent systems added schematics and behavioral input through logic synthesis. Silicon Compilers' 1987 merger with Silicon Design Labs (Liberty Corner, NJ) added GDT, a tool set IC designers use to develop customized compiler modules called parameterized module generators. The subsequent acquisition of Caeco added layout synthesis, which produces IC layouts from schematics or logic equations. Finally, the acquisition of Descartes brought automatic gate-array layout. Today, the companies Explorer Toolset combines a number of IC-design strategies under an extendable framework. As of 1/89, the company had raised $31MM in 7 rounds of financing.