Synopsys, Realtek and UMC Collaborate on Industry's First Single-Chip Ultra High Definition Smart TV SoC

 Synopsys, Realtek and UMC Collaborate on Industry's First Single-Chip Ultra
                         High Definition Smart TV SoC

Realtek's Chip Achieves First-Pass Silicon Success Using Broad Portfolio of
DesignWare Logic Libraries and Embedded Memories in UMC's 40-nm Process

PR Newswire

HSINCHU, Taiwan and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014

HSINCHU, Taiwan and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


  oCollaboration between Synopsys, Realtek and UMC results in first-pass
    silicon success of Realtek's 4K2K UHD Smart TV SoC, winner of the "Best
    Choice Golden Award" at COMPUTEX 2013
  oLow-power features in Synopsys' DesignWare Logic Libraries and Embedded
    Memories, and in the Galaxy Implementation Platform enabled design team to
    optimize for high performance and low power consumption
  oSystem-on-Chip (SoC) manufactured in UMC's cost- and power-optimized 40-nm
    process technology

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems,
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (TWSE: 2379.TW), one of the world's leading
network and multimedia IC providers, and United Microelectronics Corporation
(NYSE:UMC;TWSE: 2303) ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today
announced that their collaboration has resulted in first-pass silicon success
of Realtek's RTD2995 UHD Smart TV Controller SoC implemented in UMC's 40LP,
the foundry's volume production, low-power 40-nanometer (nm) process
technology. The new Smart TV SoC is the industry's first single-chip
implementation with support for the "4K2K" Ultra High Definition video format.
Realtek used Synopsys' DesignWare® Embedded Memories and Logic Libraries,
Galaxy™ Implementation Platform and Professional Services to help them meet
their aggressive performance, power and schedule goals.

"Our RTD2995 smart TV controller was the industry's first comprehensive
single-chip solution in mass production. It combines 4K2K video decoding and
1080p encoding with a powerful multi-core ARM^® microprocessor and a
high-performance multi-core 3D GPU to deliver extremely high-resolution images
for life-like image clarity," said Jessy Chen,  vice president and spokesman
for Realtek. "By collaborating with Synopsys and UMC we were able to take
advantage of a total solution including silicon, logic library and embedded
memory IP, EDA tools and experienced design consultants, which helped us bring
our chip to market in record time."

UMC is a leading foundry provider of 40-nm technology, delivering customer
products on this advanced process since 2008. UMC realizes approximately 20%
of its revenue from 40-nm products, and is among the top foundries worldwide
for total 40-nm production capacity. UMC's 40-nm process provides seamless
design migration continuity between 55-nm and 28-nm technologies, and features
robust versatility to target a wide range of applications including DTV
controller and demodulator, feature phone SoC, smartphone connectivity and RF
transceiver, FPGA, etc. Furthermore, the Synopsys 40-nm standard cell
libraries and memory compilers used for Realtek's chip are available
free-of-charge from Synopsys for qualified customers designing into this
process node.

"The success of this cooperation with valued partners Realtek and Synopsys
embodies UMC's 'United for Excellence' philosophy. Through this approach, UMC
remains committed to uniting with our ecosystem partners for close, integrated
working relationships to attain heightened competitiveness and realize shared
goals, further substantiated with the collaborative success of this 40-nm UHD
smart TV SoC," said Steve Wang, vice president of IP development and design
support for UMC. "We believe that our experience and execution at 40-nm has
resulted in the industry's most competitive 40-nm process in terms of cost vs.
performance, and look forward to continuing our partnerships with Realtek and
Synopsys to achieve new milestones in the near and distant future. The
combination of our high-yielding 40-nanometer low-power process and Synopsys'
comprehensive portfolio of logic libraries and memory compilers, along with
their complete EDA platform and services offering, enables us to continue to
deliver innovative semiconductor solutions to market-leading customers such as

Realtek took advantage of a combination of Synopsys DesignWare IP, Galaxy
Implementation Platform and Professional Services to realize their RTD2995 SoC
project goals. The high-speed, high-density and low-power standard cell
libraries and memory compilers enabled the Realtek design team to optimize
their SoC for the optimal balance of power, performance and area. Design
consultants from Synopsys Professional Services assisted Realtek's engineers
with the physical implementation of an ARM microprocessor and helped Realtek
achieve their performance target, while reducing core area and leakage power.
The integrated project team took advantage of the complete Synopsys Galaxy
Implementation Platform for synthesis through physical design, including the
Lynx Design System and use of DC Explorer to accelerate design exploration

"The close collaboration between Synopsys, Realtek and UMC on this chip
demonstrates our commitment to providing mutual customers superior performance
and power results," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and
systems at Synopsys. "The combination of Synopsys' DesignWare Logic Library
and Embedded Memory IP, Galaxy Platform and Synopsys Professional Services,
and UMC's advanced 40-nanometer process enabled Realtek to achieve first-pass
silicon success for their award-winning UHD Smart TV controller SoC and meet
their time-to-market schedule."

The DesignWare Embedded SRAM Compilers and Logic Libraries on UMC's 40LP
process are available now at no cost to qualified licensees as part of
Synopsys' Foundry-Sponsored IP program.

About Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world's leading IC providers.
Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications
network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include
10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch
Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN
Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, High Fidelity Audio
Solutions for Mobile and PC Applications, Clock Generators, Card Reader
Controllers, Web Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and
Digital Home Center Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog,
and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge,
Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total
solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on our website:

About UMC
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that
provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every
major sector of the IC industry. UMC's robust foundry solutions allow chip
designers to leverage the company's leading-edge processes, which include 28nm
poly-SiON and gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and
a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10
wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A
in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i. Fab 12A consists of Phases 1-4 which
are in production for customer products down to 28nm. Construction is underway
for Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The company employs over
15,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, mainland China, Europe,
Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at

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

Note from UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward looking
within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements
about future outsourcing, wafer capacity, technologies, business relationships
and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results
could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of
factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy;
acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development
risks. Further information concerning these risks is included in UMC's filings
with the U.S. SEC, including on Form F-1, F-3, F-6 and 20-F, each as amended.

Editorial Contacts:

Monica Marmie
Synopsys, Inc.

Tracy Ho
Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
886-3-5780211, ext 5201

Stephen Brennan
MCA, Inc.
650-968-8900, ext.114

Richard Yu
United Microelectronics Corp.
886-2-2658-9168, ext 16951

SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.

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