Latest Release of Synopsys IC Compiler Introduces New Technologies to Further Speed Design Closure

Latest Release of Synopsys IC Compiler Introduces New Technologies to Further
                             Speed Design Closure

New Innovations Address ECO Closure, High-speed Design and Emerging Process

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 6, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


  oInnovative new technologies including minimum physical impact ECO and
    fully incremental In-Design physical verification speed up design closure
    for all process nodes
  oConcurrent clock and data optimization enables faster timing closure on
    high-speed designs
  oProvides full, color-ready place-and-route and tapeout-proven FinFET
    support for emerging process nodes

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced the availability of the 2013.03 release of its IC Compiler^™
software, a key component of Synopsys' Galaxy^™ Implementation Platform.
Adding to the market-leading foundation of design closure technologies already
available in IC Compiler, this latest release features innovations to speed
design as well as enables the latest process nodes. New features include
advanced optimizations to enable high-speed design, efficient implementation
of final-stage engineering change orders (ECO) and fully color-ready,
tapeout-proven support for the emerging FinFET-based silicon processes.

"Mellanox Technologies designs, builds and manufactures the world's leading
interconnect solutions for connecting datacenter server and storage platforms.
As such, we require the best IC design tools in the market," said Evelyn
Landman, vice president of backend engineering at Mellanox Technologies.
"Synopsys' IC Compiler helps us to achieve our engineering goals, and we look
forward to utilizing its new design closure capabilities that can further
advance the IC design process."

The IC Compiler 2013.03 release includes powerful new features to deliver even
faster design closure. One important new capability is the application of
final-stage ECOs to close the design. IC Compiler, working hand-in-hand with
Synopsys' PrimeTime^® signoff solution, provides a highly efficient ECO
solution rooted in dual principles: first, ensuring that very few ECOs are
required after the optimization steps; and second, applying the ECOs
surgically with minimal layout perturbation. In this flow, PrimeTime provides
signoff-accurate ECO guidance, implemented using the new minimum physical
impact ECO capability, which greatly reduces layout perturbation by reusing
wires and minimizing device displacement. Combined with a fully automatic,
incremental In-Design physical verification capability, IC Compiler provides a
significant reduction in turnaround time for ECO closure. 

Another area that continues to receive increased attention in advanced chips
is clock design. With high-speed designs, the clock distribution network can
be a significant contributor to total power. While clock gating is an
established technique to minimize clock network power, meeting clock gate
timing requirements can be a challenge. Additionally, aggressive clock speeds
call for innovative new solutions that combine datapath optimization with
clock cycle adjustment. The 2013.03 IC Compiler release enables high-speed
clock design by performing clock estimation during placement to drive
physical- and timing-aware clock gating concurrently with clock and data
optimization to achieve the target frequency faster.

IC Compiler 2013.03 delivers these improvements while expanding support for
new silicon technology. Since its introduction, IC Compiler has consistently
led the way for emerging process node enablement. The previous release of IC
Compiler rolled out support for the 20-nm node, which brought many new design
challenges including double patterning (DPT). In this latest release,
Synopsys' close collaboration with foundries and early adopters to deliver a
fully color-ready, tapeout-proven solution for emerging FinFET-based designs
fortifies IC Compiler's strong track record of enabling emerging nodes.

"We continue to deliver technology innovations that target pressing customer
needs," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager, Synopsys
Implementation Group. "Companies like Mellanox Technologies who are doing
advanced design with strong time–to-market demands will benefit from new
technologies for faster ECO closure and high-speed clock design. Combined with
our strong focus on emerging node technology, these advanced capabilities
reinforce IC Compiler's position as the preferred implementation choice across
the IC design community."

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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