(Synopsys, Inc., Mountain View, CA, www.synopsys.com) A leading supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions in the worldwide electronics market. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Aart J. de Geus and engineers from General Electric's Microelectronics Center (Research Triangle Park, NC), Synopsys was chartered to develop and market commercial applications of synthesis technology, which has been adopted by just about every major electronics company in the world. The company provides design technologies for advanced electronic systems, integrated circuits and chip design and development. It also provides consulting and support services for streamlining the design processes and accelerating product delivery to market. In 2003, Synopsys acquired Numerical Technologies, Inc., the leader in sub-wavelength lithography technology.