UMC Adopts Synopsys IC Validator for Pattern Matching-Based Lithography Hot-Spot Verification at 28 nm

   UMC Adopts Synopsys IC Validator for Pattern Matching-Based Lithography
                        Hot-Spot Verification at 28 nm

Successful Collaboration Simplifies Design Closure for Manufacturing, Helps
Accelerate Time to Silicon

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


  oUMC and Synopsys collaborate to address the challenge of design
    verification for manufacturability at advanced process nodes
  oUMC adopts IC Validator pattern-matching technology to accelerate physical
    signoff at 28 nm
  oCollaboration adds new benefits to In-Design physical verification with IC
    Compiler 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 United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has selected
Synopsys' IC Validator physical verification product for lithography hot-spot
checking at the 28-nm process node. UMC standardized on IC Validator pattern
matching, a patented technology enabling ultra-fast detection of
manufacturing-limiting layouts, which can dramatically accelerate final design
signoff. As part of Synopsys' Galaxy^™ Implementation Platform, IC Validator
is an ideal add-on to Synopsys' IC Compiler^™ solution for In-Design physical
verification, enabling place-and-route engineers to accelerate time to tapeout
by preventing late-stage surprises and minimizing manual fixes. IC Validator
pattern matching extends the In-Design flow with automatic repair of
lithography violations, further optimizing design turnaround time.

"UMC is constantly implementing the latest design support resources to help
our customers streamline their path to silicon success," said S.C. Chien, vice
president of Advanced Technology Development division at UMC. "IC Validator's
pattern-matching technology allows our customers to quickly screen for
challenging layout features, eliminating the need for detailed process
simulation. Furthermore, using IC Compiler and In-Design technology, this
checking is available to IC designers earlier in the design process, helping
to mitigate risk throughout the design cycle."

Achieving lithographic printability at 28 nm and below can impose significant
restrictions on physical design, including large numbers of complex design
rule checks (DRC) and compute-intensive detailed process model checking. IC
Validator simplifies this task with innovative, patented pattern-matching
technology, which augments traditional DRC with intuitive 2D multi-shape
pattern-based analysis. Pattern matching enables foundry-quality accuracy and
ultra-fast performance, helping to detect lithography hot-spots significantly
faster and improve time-to-tapeout.

IC Validator pattern matching extends the benefits of In-Design physical
verification with IC Compiler to eliminate late-stage surprises and manual
fixes. With pattern matching, designers are now able to screen for lithography
hotspots in a push-button manner, right within the implementation environment.
Fast pattern-matching analysis utilizes the entire In-Design infrastructure,
including intuitive error reporting, GDS merging, error categorization and
more. Once detected, violations can be automatically repaired during routing,
saving many hours in tedious and error-prone manual fixes. In-Design physical
verification with pattern matching makes it possible for designers to reach
and maintain a healthy design earlier, resulting in improved final layout
quality and further eliminating accumulation of schedule risk.

"As complexity continues to grow, it is important that we handle
manufacturability as part of design evolution; there is simply no room in
tapeout schedules for post-design analysis and manual patching. Our
collaboration with UMC on pattern matching is a significant step towards
better integration between physical design and verification," said Antun
Domic, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' Implementation
Group. "This fully-qualified solution makes it possible for our mutual
customers to gain improved visibility into foundry requirements and achieve
early tapeouts."

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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