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Synopsys unveils 'next-gen' compiler for physical design

Posted: 17 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:synopsys? galaxy ic compiler? compiler? ic compiler? synopsys?

Synopsys Inc. has unveiled a physical design solution, which the company claims provides leading-edge performance and already carries endorsements by key IC suppliers.

Designated Galaxy IC Compiler, the compiler claims to be the first physical design solution which provides concurrent physical synthesis, clock tree synthesis, routing, yield optimization and sign-off correlation. IC Compiler is the centerpiece of the Synopsys galaxy design platform, which provides a coherent solution from rtl to silicon.

"The innovations in IC Compiler represent our next-generation technology," said Aart de Geus, chairman and chief executive of Synopsys, in a statement. "This new architecture solves multiple design problems concurrently, bringing substantial productivity improvements in our customers' quality of results, time to results and cost of results. Early customers are already successfully applying this new technology to their toughest problems today."

According to Synopsys, Galaxy IC Compiler has already been endorsed by Agere Systems, ARM and STMicroelectronics.

"We value Synopsys as a key partner in the design automation field, and ST's strategy is to actively participate in new technology developments to shape the direction of products such as IC Compiler. This is part of our strategy to offer to our customers the best design capabilities on our latest technology platforms, such as our recently announced 65-nanometer platform," said Philippe Magarshack, Group VP for Central CAD, and Design Solutions GM, STMicroelectronics, in a statement.

"We have been very impressed with the early results from IC Compiler," said Jon Fields, VP with the Agere Systems Design Platform Organization, in a statement. "We are planning to use the tool on the tapeout of a 90nm production design. IC Compiler is proving to be key to making the difference where it counts the mostsmaller die-size, lower power dissipation and tight correlation with signoff."

IC Compiler is expected to be available for production use starting in June 2005. List price for a full technology subscription license of IC Compiler for one year is $735,000. Licenses are available at lower annual rates for longer subscription terms, as are comprehensive upgrade paths for existing users of Synopsys physical implementation technology.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times




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