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Nvidia GPU designed with Synopsys platform

Posted: 29 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:synopsys? nvidia? geforce 6800? graphics processing unit? gpu?

Synopsys Inc. has announced that Nvidia Corp. has delivered its new GeForce 6800 graphics processing unit (GPU), which was designed with Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform.

Containing 222 million transistors, the GeForce 6800 is one of the world's most advanced GPU, featuring 16 superscalar pipes. The GPU was designed using Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform products, including Design Compiler (DC) Ultra, Power Compiler, DFT Compiler SoCBIST, Module Compiler, DesignWare Library Physical Compiler, Astro, PrimeTime, Star-RCXT, TetraMAX and Hercules, and was implemented in a 0.13?m IBM silicon.

All synthesized logic on the chip was produced using dc Ultra, and the entire design was verified using Synopsys' Discovery Verification Platform with a simulation farm of VCS HDL simulators.

"The GeForce 6800 is one of the most complex, advanced chips in the world," said Chris Malachowsky, co-founder and VP of hardware engineering for Nvidia. "Performance is the name of the game in graphics, so the sheer size and frequency requirements of this design meant that timing closure was critical to our success."

The GeForce 6 Series, which includes both the GeForce 6800 Ultra and GeForce 6800, is designed to deliver a new level of performance for powering 3D graphics and video processing. The GeForce 6800 features a superscalar 16-pipe design for superior performance, which includes a new 3D graphics architecture that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 Shader Model 3.0 for realistic image quality.

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