Chip Design Shortcuts Are Synopsys' Long Suit

Harvey C. Jones cracks a smile at the word: arrogant. It's a criticism often leveled against his company, Synopsys Inc., and no wonder. The Mountain View (Calif.) upstart proclaims itself the leader in a new generation of electronic-design software that will bury current leaders Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corp. His competitors are just jealous, says Jones, who compares his burden to that of software king Microsoft Corp.

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