Committee Overview

Customer flows require that tools for EDA vendors interoperate. A basic requirement for this methodology is a common compute platform. By focusing the efforts of the electronic system design community onto key compute operating systems, the Interoperability Committee seeks to define a stable, interoperable environment for tools and streamline the resources required to support these environments. The EDA Industry OS Roadmap presents guidelines to EDA vendors and customers for compute platforms to target for design starts.

The roadmap shows when key EDA flows on flagship products are supported on an OS. The goal is to show when a complete tool flow will be ready on the latest OS, as well as when older operating systems should should be avoided for new design starts. For information on OS/Platform support by individual ESD Alliance member companies, click on the company logos below to see their specific plans.

New! For the benefit of companies using Flexera’s Flexnet Publisher (FNP) to manage licenses, a number of EDA vendors have listed their current and future FNP deployment status below.

OS Roadmap

 Guideline for x86 64-bit Windows
OS Version General Availability Design Start Status
 Windows 7  October 22, 2009 Active
Windows 8.1 October 26, 2012 EOL Summer 2017
Windows 10 July 29, 2015 Active
Windows Server 2008R2 October 22, 2009 Active
 Windows Server 2016 Q3 2016 Active
   Guideline for x86 64-bit Linux
OS Version General Availability Design Start Status
 RHEL 5 March 5, 2007 Deprecated spring 2017 (EOL target spring 2018)
RHEL 6  November 9, 2010 Active
RHEL 7  June 9, 2014 Active
SLES 11 March 24, 2009 Active
SLES 12 October 27, 2014 Active
Note: EDA tool suppliers may exceed the Roadmap baselines. Future dates are subject to change
Active : Currently supported and recommended for design starts.
Deprecated : Currently supported, but not recommended for new design starts.
Future : Not currently supported, but support is planned by the indicated date. (Contingent on the actual general availability of the OS.)

Individual ESD Alliance Member Company Support Plans





Flexnet Publisher Deployment

Many EDA vendors and users use Flexera’s Flexnet Publisher (FNP) to manage software licenses. The table below lists the FNP publisher versions supported by key EDA vendors.

FNP Deployment Current Future (Q3 2017 or later)
Server Client Server Client
Cadence 11.15.x
Keysight EEsof EDA
Synopsys 11.14.2 11.14.2