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Synopsys unveils 'next-gen' compiler

Posted: 18 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:physical design compiler? synthesis? clock tree routing? yield optimization? platform?

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

Galaxy IC Compiler claims to be the first physical design solution that 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 CEO 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, Agere Systems, ARM and STMicroelectronics have already endorsed Galaxy IC Compiler.

"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 65nm platform," said Philippe Magarshack, group VP, central CAD and design solutions general manager, STMicroelectronics, in a statement.

"We have been impressed with the early results from IC Compiler," said Jon Fields, VP of Agere Systems Design Platform Organization, in a statement. "We're 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 sign-off."

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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