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Synopsys, Tower ink 180nm silicon library distribution agreement

Posted: 15 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon library? 180nm? designware? quicklogic? eda tool?

Synopsys Inc. is making 180nm silicon libraries from Tower Semiconductor available through Synopsys' DesignWare library, the two companies said Wednesday (April 13).

The distribution agreement gives more than 25,000 DesignWare library licensees access to Tower's in-house set of 180nm standard cells, I/Os and memory libraries at no additional charge. The companies said Tower's 130nm libraries would also be available to licensees beginning sometime during the third quarter of this year.

Synopsys and Tower said the 180nm libraries include a complete set of views fully validated in silicon in high-volume production, as well as views for third-party EDA tools.

In a statement issued jointly by Synopsys and Tower, Alan Tsun, VP of ESP development engineering at QuickLogic, said, "Including the Tower library in the DesignWare library means our designers will have easy library access with effective support and regular updates." Tsun added that the agreement would "greatly simplify" his company's intellectual property (IP) procurement and administrative processes.

In the same statement, Rafi Nave, Tower VP of customer services, said the distribution agreement enables his company to reach a large number of system-on-chip (SoC) designers that are targeting 180 nm technologies. "We worked closely with Synopsys to ensure a smooth path to silicon and the support given by Synopsys' experts will help ensure our customers' design success," Nave said.

- EE Times

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