Samsung and Synopsys Collaborate to Achieve First 14-nanometer FinFET Tapeout

Samsung and Synopsys Collaborate to Achieve First 14-nanometer FinFET Tapeout

Collaboration Encompasses Synopsys IP, Design Implementation, Extraction and
Signoff Tools

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 20, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


  oMilestone helps accelerate adoption of FinFET technology for faster and
    more power efficient Systems on Chips (SoC)s
  oCollaboration delivers foundation for 3D device modeling and physical
    design rule support
  oTest chip qualifies FinFET process and Synopsys^® DesignWare^® Embedded

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced that its multi-year collaboration with Samsung on FinFET technology
has achieved a critical milestone: the successful tapeout of the first test
chip on Samsung's 14LPE process. While the FinFET process offers significant
power and performance benefits compared to the traditional planar process, the
move from two-dimensional transistors to three-dimensional transistors
introduces several new IP and EDA tool challenges such as modeling. The
multi-year collaboration delivered the foundational modeling technologies for
3D parasitic extraction, circuit simulation and physical design-rule support
of FinFET devices. Synopsys' comprehensive solution for embedded memory,
physical design, parasitic extraction, timing analysis and signoff is built on
this foundation.

"FinFET transistors can deliver lower power consumption and higher device
performance, but they also bring tough challenges," said Dr. Kyu-Myung Choi,
vice president of System LSI infrastructure design center, Device Solutions,
Samsung Electronics. "We chose Synopsys as our FinFET collaboration partner to
solve these challenges, because of our successful history together at 20
nanometer and other nodes. We continue to pool our expertise to deliver
innovative FinFET solutions."

Synopsys' FinFET-ready IP

Synopsys worked closely with Samsung to develop a test chip that validates
Samsung's advanced 14-nm FinFET process as well as Synopsys' DesignWare
Embedded Memories using Synopsys' Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System^®
solution. The test chip will enable the correlation of the simulation models
to the FinFET process and contains test structures, standard cells, a PLL and
embedded SRAMs. The memory instances include high-density SRAMs designed to
operate at very low voltages and high-speed SRAMs to validate the process

Synopsys FinFET-ready Design Tools

The shift from planar to FinFET-based 3D transistors is a significant change
that requires close technical collaboration between tool developers, foundries
and early adopters to deliver a strong solution. Synopsys' highly accurate
modeling technology provides the foundation for the FinFET-ready Galaxy^™
Implementation Platform. The platform includes IC Compiler^™ physical design,
IC Validator physical verification, StarRC^™ parasitic extraction,
SiliconSmart characterization, CustomSim^™ and FineSim for FastSPICE
simulation, and HSPICE^® device modeling and circuit simulation.

"Samsung is a key partner in our effort and investment to develop a complete
solution for FinFET technology," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and
general manager of Synopsys' Implementation Group. "Synopsys' extensive
collaboration with Samsung enables us to deliver best-in-class technologies
and IP to help designers realize the full potential of FinFET transistor

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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