ARM and Synopsys Collaborate to Optimize ARM Mali GPU 20nm Implementation

  ARM and Synopsys Collaborate to Optimize ARM Mali GPU 20nm Implementation

  PR Newswire

  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California and CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 22, 2013



-- First Mali-T658 Tapeout on 20nm Technology Based on Galaxy Implementation
Platform DPT-compliant Flow

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California and CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/
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Highlights:

  *Combination of ARM® Artisan® physical IP, Mali™ GPU IP and Synopsys Galaxy
    Implementation Platform proven ready for 20nm and smaller
  *On-going collaboration aims to optimize and deliver double patterning
    technology (DPT)-ready methodology for Mali GPU implementation
  *First implementation of the Mali-T600 series of products in 20nm
    technologies, with learning from this implementation accelerating the
    product family into sub-20nm technologies

ARM (LON: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMH) and Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced
a collaboration to optimize performance of ARM® Mali™ graphics processing
units (GPUs) in 20-nanometer (nm) and smaller process geometries using the
Synopsys Galaxy™ Implementation Platform. The companies successfully taped out
the first ARM Mali-T658 design using a 20nm process technology, ARM Artisan®
physical IP and shader functionality. The resulting RTL-through-sign-off
design flow includes double-patterning support throughout. The ongoing
collaboration will help designers optimize the implementation of Mali GPUs for
their target applications.

"Mali GPUs arefound in most Android™ tablets and smart digital TVs currently
shipping, and are one of the most popular graphics solutions for smartphones.
Users' demand for advanced graphics continues to increase, which means that
optimizing GPUs for selected end devices is essential," said Pete Hutton,
general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM. "Building on a long history
of successful collaborations with Synopsys, this implementation will enable
designers to optimally implement ARM Mali-T600 family GPUs using Synopsys
tools in sub 20nm leading-edge process technologies."

The Mali-T600 series includes five members (Mali-T604, Mali-T624, Mali-T628,
Mali-T658 and Mali-T678), which have all been designed to provide exceptional
graphics performance and they feature the first graphics technology to bring
GPU compute functionality into mobile devices. This combined functionality
brings additional hardware complexity which is further compounded by the new
double-patterning requirements introduced by 20nm and below technologies.

Smaller process technologies, such as 20nm and below, require a highly
integrated design flow for fast closure while delivering optimal results. The
collaboration used the Galaxy Implementation Platform to produce a methodology
tuned for the Mali GPU with ARM Artisan physical IP in 20nm. Primary tools
used included Synopsys' Design Compiler® synthesis, Formality® formal
verification, DFTMAX™ and TetraMAX® test, IC Compiler™ layout, StarRC™
extraction and PrimeTime® timing analysis and signoff. In addition, IC
Validator In-Design capabilities for physical verification were used during
the implementation process to speed design closure. The methodology also
benefitted from the use of DC Explorer & Dataflow Analyzer to perform early
exploration, especially of floorplans and macro placement so critical to GPU
performance.

"Twenty-nanometer and smaller process technologies introduce new complexity
requiring early and deep technical collaboration among semiconductor ecosystem
partners," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager,
Implementation Group, Synopsys. "Through this collaboration with ARM, the
Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform with In-Design physical verification
combines with the ARM Mali IP and Artisan physical IP to provide a proven,
DPT-compliant solution that will help accelerate the time to design closure on
complex SoCs at 20 nanometers and below."

About ARM ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital
products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to
imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product
offering includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines,
enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity
products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive
design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company's broad
Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast,
reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about
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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 www.synopsys.com .

ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Synopsys, Design Compiler,
Formality, TetraMAX and PrimeTime are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc.
registered in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks
mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective
owners.

Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements
within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933
and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
including statements regarding the expected outcome and benefits of the
agreement and collaboration between Synopsys and ARM, including expected
customer results with ARM and Synopsys solutions. These statements are based
on current expectations and beliefs. Actual results could differ materially
from those described by these statements due to risks and uncertainties
including, but not limited to, technical or other difficulties in developing
solutions, market acceptance of these solutions, unforeseen production or
delivery delays, failure to perform as expected, product errors or defects and
other risks as identified in the companies' respective filings with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the "Risk
Factors" section of Synopsys' latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Editorial Contacts:
Tiffany Sparks         Sheryl Gulizia
ARM                    Synopsys, Inc.
+1-408-576-1397        +1-650-584-8635
tiffany.sparks@arm.com sgulizia@synopsys.com

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