Synopsys and TSMC Collaborate for 20nm Reference Flow

            Synopsys and TSMC Collaborate for 20nm Reference Flow

Design Tools Selected in Reference Flow for Physical Implementation, RC
Extraction, Timing Analysis and Physical Verification

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


  oTSMC 20nm Reference Flow deployed by early adopters for design enablement
  oFlow provides proven support for double patterning, pre-coloring, pattern
    matching, multi-valued SPEF
  oFlow includes Synopsys' Design Compiler®, IC Compiler™, StarRC™,
    PrimeTime® and IC Validator tools

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader accelerating innovation in the
design, verification and manufacture of chips and systems, today announced
20-nanometer (nm) process technology support for the TSMC 20nm Reference flow.
This includes Synopsys® Galaxy™ Implementation Platform support for the latest
TSMC 20nm design rules and models. The collaboration between TSMC and Synopsys
on 20nm technology allows designers to gain performance, power efficiency and
chip density advantages while achieving predictable design closure with the
industry-proven Synopsys RTL to GDSII solution.

TSMC's 20nm Reference Flow addresses 20nm design challenges with a transparent
double patterning aware design flow enabling double patterning technology
(DPT) compliance, pre-coloring capability, new RC extraction methodology, DPT
sign-off, and integrated design-for-manufacturing (DFM). The new Reference
Flow's transparent DPT enablement reduces DPT design complexity, achieves
required accuracy, minimizes 20nm design flow setup and learning curve, and
accelerates 20nm process adoption.

"The 20nm process offers measurable power, performance and area benefits.
However, it brings with it new design challenges, including double
patterning," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager of
the implementation group at Synopsys. "TSMC and Synopsys have collaborated
closely from the very early stages of 20-nanometer process development to
address these challenges. The results of this collaboration will help
designers maximize the benefits of the 20-nanometer process to deliver their
designs predictably and on time."

"Synopsys and TSMC have a successful track record of collaborating to maximize
the benefits of new TSMC process technology and Synopsys EDA tool support for
our mutual customers," said Suk Lee, TSMC Senior Director, Design
Infrastructure Marketing Division. "Delivery of the 20nm Reference Flow is the
latest example of this technology partnership."

About Synopsys Support for the TSMC 20nm Reference Flow and Certification

Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform supports TSMC's 20nm process.
Supported tools include:

  oIC Compiler: Offers industry's leading solution for power, performance and
    area on advanced node designs, and enables designers to create DPT
    compliant layout that can be reliably decomposed during manufacturing
  oIC Validator: Features a fast, accurate decomposition (coloring engine) to
    perform double-patterning checks during design, and can also perform
    automatic fixing of violations with IC Compiler via In-Design technology 
  oPrimeTime: Enables double-patterning-aware variation analysis that
    includes multi-valued SPEF model variation and its impact on timing
  oStarRC: Provides silicon-calibrated modeling to account for mask
    misalignment due to double patterning and non-color and color-aware
    extraction for accurate, high-performance design

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics
market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor
IP, its software, IP and services help engineers address their design,
verification, system and manufacturing challenges. Since 1986, engineers
around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create
billions of chips and systems. Learn more at

Editorial Contacts:
Sheryl Gulizia
Synopsys, Inc.

Lisa Gillette-Martin
MCA, Inc.
650-968-8900 ext. 115

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.

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