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MILPITAS, Calif. ─ September 5, 2023 ─ SEMI today announced that, starting in Q3 2023, it will license its server certification protocol to combat software piracy. With piracy costing the software industry an estimated billions of dollars annually, the protocol will help prevent unauthorized access to licensed software products by assigning a unique identifier to each customer license server in order to assure software access can only be granted by authorized servers.


The protocol joint development program was led by the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), a SEMI Technology Community, with Cadence Design Systems, Siemens EDA and Synopsys all participating in the development effort. The protocol was reviewed and approved by an independent group of semiconductor companies that rely on EDA tools in their business operations.

While several large EDA companies are now implementing the protocol, it is not EDA-specific and can be used in any license management system for high-value software products. The protocol has also been introduced to the SEMI Traceability Standards Technical Committee for development into a SEMI Standard.

The ESD Alliance will provide an overview of the protocol in a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10:00am-11:30am PDT. Registration is free.

“The server certification protocol underscores the industry’s commitment to prevent unauthorized software usage, a problem that impacts both end users and software providers,” said Bob Smith, Executive Director of the ESD Alliance.

To request more information about the protocol, contact

About the Electronic System Design Alliance

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community representing members in the electronic system and semiconductor design ecosystem, is a community that addresses technical, marketing, economic and legislative issues affecting the entire industry. It acts as the central voice to communicate and promote the value of the semiconductor design ecosystem as a vital component of the global electronics industry. Visit the ESD Alliance website to learn more.

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Association Contacts

Nanette Collins
Public Relations for the ESD Alliance
Phone: 617-437-1822

Michael Hall/SEMI US
Phone: 408-943-7988