UMC Qualifies Synopsys' IC Validator for 28-nm Physical Verification

     UMC Qualifies Synopsys' IC Validator for 28-nm Physical Verification

UMC Qualification Brings More Process and Foundry Choices to IC Compiler and
IC Validator User Base

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


  oIC Validator brings In-Design physical verification to designers working
    at UMC's 28nm node
  oIn-Design physical verification eliminates late-stage design surprises and
    manual fixes
  oSign-off accurate Design Rule Checking (DRC) and layout-vs.-schematic
    (LVS) runsets now available for UMC customers

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced that Synopsys' IC Validator physical verification product has been
qualified by United Microelectronics Corporationfor 28-nm physical signoff,
with immediate availability of design rule checking (DRC) and
layout-vs.-schematic (LVS) runsets to UMC customers. IC Validator, part of the
Galaxy^™ Implementation Platform, is the ideal add-on to IC Compiler^™ for
in-design physical verification, making it possible for place-and-route
engineers to accelerate time to tapeout by eliminating late-stage surprises
and manual fixes. IC Validator is being actively used at process nodes ranging
from 65nm to 20nm. UMC's qualification of IC Validator brings the unique
benefits of in-design physical verification to design teams working at UMC's
28-nm process node.

"UMC is committed to making available to its customers solutions that ensure
silicon success while optimizing design turnaround time. As such, optimal
runset creation and efficient maintenance are of paramount importance," said
SC Chien, vice president of Customer Engineering& IP Development Design
Support at UMC. "Runset creation with IC Validator was completed in record
time for our 28-nanometer process node. In addition, our IC Compiler customers
can now take advantage of the productivity benefits of In-Design physical
verification for faster design closure."

As feature geometries shrink, the number and complexity of DRCs needed to
achieve manufacturing compliance is growing exponentially. IC Validator makes
runset creation and maintenance effortless for users by providing a hybrid
engine for processing checks based on both polygon and edge data. Hybrid
processing allows for efficient resolution of dependencies and more
intelligent multi-core distribution, yielding faster runtimes. Furthermore, IC
Validator enables coding at higher levels of abstraction, streamlining tedious
lower-level data processing. Finally, IC Validator is architected for
near-linear performance scalability that maximizes utilization of mainstream
hardware, using smart, memory-aware load scheduling and balancing

Traditional physical verification done after design closure is no longer
adequate for complex designs, causing late-stage surprises and leading to an
increasing number of time-consuming and error-prone design iterations.
In-Design physical verification, based on intelligent integration between IC
Validator and IC Compiler, makes it possible for place-and-route engineers to
perform independent signoff-quality analysis earlier, before the design is
finalized and while correction can be automated. In-Design technology enables
new high-productivity functionality, such as automatic DRC repair,
timing-aware metal fill and rapid ECO validation, all within the
place-and-route environment. In-Design physical verification eliminates entire
iterations with downstream analysis tools and maintains convergent design
evolution to physical signoff.

"As manufacturing complexity places increased pressure on our customers to
deliver within schedule, it is important that we continue to collaborate
closely with leading foundries like UMC," said Antun Domic, senior vice
president and general manager of Synopsys' Implementation Group. "This
qualification brings the proven benefits of IC Validator and In-Design
physical verification to UMC's customers working at advanced nodes."

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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