This white paper from Synplicity first considers the various techniques that have attempted to build a bridge between the DSP design and verification domain and the hardware design environment. Also covered are the ways in which each of these conventional approaches has failed to satisfy the requirements of a modern design flow. This white paper will introduce a completely new branch in DSP design methodology—true DSP synthesis—which integrates into existing design flows without any disruption. This new solution successfully bridges the gap between the algorithmic and implementation domains by automating the processes of system-level optimization and implementation-level mapping.