Synopsys, STMicroelectronics and Samsung Collaborate to Accelerate Adoption of 28-nm FD-SOI Technology for SoC Design

Synopsys, STMicroelectronics and Samsung Collaborate to Accelerate Adoption of
                    28-nm FD-SOI Technology for SoC Design

Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform Enables Designers to Take Full Advantage of
High-Performance and Low Power of 28-nm FD-SOI

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 4, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


  oCollaboration extends the Synopsys design flow to Samsung in support of
    Samsung and STMicroelectronics's strategic agreement to offer dual
    sourcing of ST's 28-nm FD-SOI technology
  oSynopsys Galaxy Design Platform is production-proven on ST's 28-nm FD-SOI
    technology in several SoCs with multi-core processors
  oPre-validated Synopsys Lynx Design System technology plug-in for ST's
    28-nm FD-SOI expedites design setup and closure

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and
services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today
announced it has extended its collaboration with STMicroelectronics to include
Samsung Electronics, enabling broader market adoption of ST's 28-nm FD-SOI
technology for SoC design. Synopsys' Galaxy™ Design Platform is
production-proven on multiple designs based on ST's 28-nm FD-SOI technology.
This collaboration extends the Galaxy design flow to Samsung in support of
their strategic agreement to offer dual sourcing of ST's 28-nm FD-SOI
technology. Developed over a multiyear collaboration with ST, the design flow
enables concurrent area, power and timing optimizations to enable engineers to
optimize their designs for the ST 28-nm FD-SOI process.

"The close collaboration between ST design teams and Synopsys led to advanced
silicon-proven design enablement solutions that fully leverage the performance
and power promise of FD-SOI technology and provide the foundation needed to
meet tight time to market windows," said Philippe Magarshack, executive vice
president, Design Enablement and Services, STMicroelectronics. "Our close
collaboration with Synopsys has already enabled many successful tapeouts with
mutual customers using Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform and Lynx Design

The Synopsys design flow for ST's 28-nm FD-SOI is compatible with the Lynx
Design System, a full-chip design environment providing innovative automation
and visualization capabilities that enable higher designer productivity and
faster design closure. A technology plug-in using ST's 28-nm FD-SOI Process
Design Kit (PDK), standard cells and memories, adapts the production-proven
Galaxy Design Platform-based RTL-to-GDSII flow for 28-nm FD-SOI SoC designs,
accelerating project setup and execution. Lynx automation simplifies and
accelerates many critical implementation and validation tasks, including
back-bias management across the flow, special connection checks, In-Design
physical verification for well connections and UPF supply set management for
N-wells and P-wells.

Galaxy advanced design enablement features like the IC Compiler™ tool's
concurrent clock and data optimization, layer-aware optimization, physical
datapath and comprehensive support for hierarchical and low power design
features can also be directly accessed by Lynx users for high-performance and
low power CPU and GPU design.

"28-nm FD-SOI is an ideal solution for customers looking for extra performance
and power efficiency at the 28-nm node without having to migrate to 20-nm,"
said Dr. Shawn Han, vice president of foundry marketing, Samsung Electronics.
"Our close collaboration with Synopsys and ST will enable designers to reduce
risk, accelerate time-to-market, minimize power and maximize performance to
expand 28-nm FD-SOI adoption."

"Because the Galaxy Design Platform is silicon-proven on ST's 28-nm FD-SOI
process with multiple tapeouts of low power designs running in the gigahertz
frequency range, customers can adopt this technology with confidence," said
Antun Domic, executive vice president and general manager, Design Group at
Synopsys. "Combined with the Lynx Design System and DesignWare^® IP, the
Galaxy Design Platform enables engineers to derive maximum benefit from the
FD-SOI process and our continued collaboration with ST and Samsung will ensure
ease of adoption of FD-SOI for SoC design."

The Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform and Lynx Design System with support for ST
and Samsung 28-nm FD-SOI process technology are available now from Synopsys.
The 28-nm FD-SOI-enabled PDK, standard cells and memories for early design are
available now from Samsung.

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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