SOURCE: Silicon Navigator

April 02, 2007 11:45 ET

Silicon Navigator Receives Investment From Intel Capital for Development of OpenAccess Solutions

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Silicon Navigator™ Corporation announced today that it has received an investment from Intel Capital to further mutual goals of expanding the scope and usage of OpenAccess-based products. Silicon Navigator is a leading provider of broad-based Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions based natively on the Open Source, OpenAccess database. The investment will be used to further enhance Silicon Navigator's products, including its Rocket Design Environment™ programmable framework. Additionally, the companies will work together to extend OpenAccess solutions to meet next generation design and EDA needs.

"Silicon Navigator's relationship with Intel is representative of a new class of standards-based alliances between EDA companies and Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs)," said Silicon Navigator CEO J. George Janac. "EDA suppliers can now provide tools and services based on the OpenAccess database versus proprietary databases. The two companies have been involved in OpenAccess for many years, and we share a common goal of enabling and developing open EDA components based on plug-in architectures."

"This investment, coupled with our ongoing collaboration with Silicon Navigator, will help drive OpenAccess usage and evolution beyond current applications," said Rahul Goyal, Director, EDA Business, Intel Corporation. "Intel believes in open industry standards and was a founding member of the OpenAccess Coalition (OAC). Likewise, Silicon Navigator serves on the OpenAccess change team."

Silicon Navigator's unique business model is based on licensing Application Programming Interface (API) based infrastructure and engines for chip design. The company provides EDA development tools and support to build products providing APIs to all components. The company bases its software on standards such at Qt, OpenGL, C++, TCL, Python and OpenAccess. Standards preserve customer investment and enable cross-pollination of technologies and resources from other industries. The Rocket Design Environment (RDE™) framework's architecture represents the next generation of EDA software where core algorithms are simply inserted into a common infrastructure. Interoperability lowers barriers to adoption, minimizing investment for new tools.

About Silicon Navigator's Rocket Environment

The Rocket Design Environment includes tools that CAD developers can use to speed the adoption of the OpenAccess database and customize a design cockpit. It offers a desktop and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), data and script viewers and APIs. It can be used stand-alone or in conjunction with other commercial OpenAccess environments.

About Silicon Navigator

Silicon Navigator is a privately funded company dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Si2's powerful new OpenAccess database standard by providing a complete Framework, Engines and Applications. Silicon Navigator offers a licensable development platform, customizable desktop, viewers and editors for schematics, layouts, and timing, and a comprehensive set of APIs in C++, TCL, and Python. The company serves numerous customers and licensees providing them the ability to quickly and economically deploy EDA solutions. Silicon Navigator is a standards-based company enabling next generation design flows.

The company is headquartered at 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW2-260, Cupertino, Calif. 95014. Telephone: 408-200-0280. Facsimile: 408-200-0281. Email: Website:

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$6 billion in nearly 1,000 companies in more than 40 countries. In that time, about 180 portfolio companies have been acquired by other companies and another 155 have gone public on various exchanges around the world. In 2006, Intel Capital invested about US$1.07 billion in 163 deals with approximately 60 percent of funds (excluding Clearwire) invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit

About OpenAccess

OpenAccess is a community effort to provide true interoperability among IC design tools through an open standard data API and reference database supporting that API for IC design. The OpenAccess Coalition is a neutral organization of industry leaders that are leading this effort operating under Si2 bylaws. Website:

Rocket Design Environment, RDE and Silicon Navigator are trademarks of Silicon Navigator. Silicon Navigator acknowledges the trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Georgia Marszalek
    ValleyPR for Silicon Navigator
    +1 650 345 7477
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