FirstPass Engineering is now a part of Synopsys, Inc.

ASIC/FPGA Design Services

Our mission is to enable our strategic clients the power to create cutting-edge products that raise the standard for the way the world lives using our world-class program management and IC design, paired with our track record for success.

Industrial and Commercial Applications

Designs are Resilient, Impactful, and Empowering
For the World of Tomorrow

Superior quality, responsive IC design services – whether to perform turn-key designs or supplement existing design teams, FirstPass is your trusted partner for nearly 30 years.


Able to support government ASIC and FPGA design projects from turn-key projects to team supplemental support.

Aerospace and Defense

Providing secure and safe support for DMEA-sanctioned and Department of Defense (DOD) projects.

Secure from Concept to Production



Our expertise includes digital, mixed signal, analog, I/O, memories, and very high speed circuitry including SerDes. We also have RTL expertise in both VHDL and Verilog. We have taken hundreds of designs from specification through to fabrication. The probability is high that we have experience directly related to your requirements and type of project.

Prove Integrity and Detect Intrusion

and Third Party


Post Silicon Analysis is being used as a preventative measure to verify the solution you have designed is the same as the silicon which was created.

Robust and Reliable


Analysis Capabilities

FirstPass maintains a high standard for protecting customer information.  Non-disclosure agreements are established with every customer, while visibility and access to client identities and project information are internally managed and provided on a need-to-know basis.


Tooling and Design Flow

FirstPass Engineering epitomizes the ability to adapt and flexibly create Solutions that are tightly aligned to the needs and requirements of any project. This involves customizing design flows and selecting the best methodologies for your unique needs. FirstPass is expert in the use of EDA design and verification tools, as well as synthesis and physical layout methods.

FirstPass can provide an on-site team of engineers, but also employs state of the art security for those situations when engineers must work remotely. And FirstPass is highly skilled in industry standard configuration management.

In short, FirstPass’ customer engagement is second to none, focusing on the right Solution at the right time and to the right depth.


The equipment and technical expertise to understand if the silicon you are analyzing is the silicon you developed. FirstPass looks for malicious additions, and can analyze other devices for patent infringement, clone devices, or re-engineer obsolete semiconductors.