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

Synopsys Announces STMicroelectronics' Adoption of IC Compiler for CPU and GPU                                 Implementation  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/ --  Highlights:    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     performance   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     convergence   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 www.synopsys.com.  Editorial Contacts:  Sheryl Gulizia Synopsys, Inc. 650-584-8635 sgulizia@synopsys.com  Lisa Gillette-Martin MCA, Inc. 650-968-8900 ext. 115 lgmartin@mcapr.com  SOURCE Synopsys, Inc.  Website: http://www.synopsys.com  
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