Synopsys Announces STMicroelectronics' Adoption of IC Compiler for CPU and GPU Implementation

Synopsys Announces STMicroelectronics' Adoption of IC Compiler for CPU and GPU

Gigahertz Performance, Coupled With Energy-Efficiency Requirements, Drive the
Switch to IC Compiler

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 11, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


  oSTMicroelectronics completes standardization on IC Compiler for all
    general-purpose and graphics-processor implementations
  oHigh-performance/low-power optimizations help meet aggressive design goals
    and time-to-market schedules
  oKey enabling technologies in IC Compiler include concurrent clock and data
    optimization, layer-aware optimization, physical datapath, and
    comprehensive support for hierarchical and low-power design

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced that STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has standardized on
Synopsys' IC Compiler™ place-and-route solution for all its CPU and GPU
implementations inside its Design Enablement and Services organization.
STMicroelectronics processor cores are known for pushing gigahertz
performance with extreme energy efficiency, making them a compelling choice
for the mobile market place. The switch to IC Compiler was enabled by
best-in-class performance-centric technologies which repeatedly helped meet
the very challenging performance, power and schedule targets.

"Over the years, ST and Synopsys have built many successes together, starting
with the first 1 GHz dual-core CPU in 45nm technology and more recently with
the 3 GHz dual-core version in 28nm FD-SOI technology in 2013," said Philippe
Magarshack, executive vice president, Design Enablement and Services at
STMicroelectronics. "IC Compiler reliably meets our performance and power
needs and standardizing on it is a natural progression that allows us to
collaborate closer on further technology advancements."

STMicroelectronics has a unique processor architecture made possible through
their patented fully depleted Silicon on Insulator (FD-SOI) process
technology. An FD-SOI device can operate at significantly higher frequencies
than an equivalent, traditional, bulk complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor
(CMOS) device. It can also run very fast at low voltages, providing much
higher energy efficiency. The close collaboration between STMicroelectronics
design teams and Synopsys has led to a compelling implementation solution that
fully exploits the performance and power promise of FD-SOI technology and
provides the throughput needed to meet tight time to market windows.
STMicroelectronics' processor implementation kit utilizes several key
technologies from the Synopsys Galaxy™ Implementation Platform, including:

  oDesign Compiler^® Graphical physical guidance tool for improved place and
    route correlation
  oIC Compiler concurrent clock, data, and layer-aware optimization to boost
  oIC Compiler physical datapath for the structured placement of registers
    and memories to meet timing
  oHierarchical flow with innovative one-pass budgeting for shorter
    turnaround time
  oPrimeTime^® physical-aware ECO guidance technology with IC Compiler
    minimum physical impact implementation for faster ECO closure
  oIn-Design physical verification with IC Validator for faster DRC
  oMultivoltage design with IEEE 1801 UPF standard that spans the entire
    Galaxy flow to support complex low power management strategies

"We appreciate that a semiconductor leader like ST has access to many choices.
It is therefore highly gratifying to have them standardize on IC Compiler,"
said Antun Domic, executive vice president and general manager, Implementation
Group at Synopsys. "We view this as a strong vote of confidence in our
technology direction and look forward to coming years of collaboration to
drive even higher levels of design efficiency."

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics
market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor
IP, Synopsys delivers software, IP and services to 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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