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.

Beginning in 2018, we have added additional OS revision information to the roadmap for x86 64-bit Linux. EDA vendors and developers should develop tools on releases less than or equal to the specified revision (below). EDA users should use releases greater than or equal to the specified revision for new designs.

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 Deprecated**
Windows 10 July 29, 2015 Active**
Windows Server 2008R2 October 22, 2009 Deprecated**
 Windows Server 2016 Q3 2016 Active**
   Guideline for x86 64-bit Linux
OS Version General Availability Design Start Status Max version for vendors* Min version for users*
RHEL 7  June 9, 2014 Active** 7.4 7.4
RHEL 8 TBD (2021) Future**
SLES 12 October 27, 2014 Active** 12 SP2 12 SP2
EDA tool suppliers may exceed the Roadmap baselines. Future dates are subject to change.
32-bit operating systems are no longer supported.
* Denotes the maximum recommended OS revision for software developers building tools,
and the minimum recommended OS for users when starting new designs.
** Status Key:
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 2018 or later)
Server Client Server Client
Cadence 11.15.x 11.15.x 11.15.x
Keysight EEsof EDA
Mentor, A Siemens Business 11.15.x 11.15.x
Synopsys 11.15.1