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Synopsys, IBM, Chartered, ARM collaborate on 90nm process

Posted: 03 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? IBM-Chartered? ARM? 90nm?

Synopsys Inc. announced that it has delivered an enhanced version of its RTL-to-GDSII low-power reference design flow for the latest 90nm process offered as part of the IBM-Chartered Semiconductor Mfg Common Platform.

Combining the latest shared 90nm low-power process technology from the Common Platform, the ARM Metro low-power products and Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform implementation products, including IC Compiler, the reference design flow enables rapid design of highly complex devices while addressing signal integrity and power reduction requirements.

According to the press release, the reference flow allows designers to easily and accurately maintain process technology files, ARM Metro memories and standard cell and I/O libraries, and design data in a single consistent directory structure. This flow uses advanced methodologies that take the designer through each step of the design process, maintaining data consistency through the Milkyway database and shared design constraint files. Chartered and IBM have validated the complete reference flow on the Common Platform 90nm process using ARM Metro physical IP.

The reference flow also supports both flat and hierarchical design techniques and includes Synopsys' IC Compiler. IC Compiler transcends current generation solutions by offering three new technologies: Extended Physical Synthesis, Signoff Driven Design Closure and Design for Yield. These differentiating technologies allow IC Compiler to provide superior results and faster time-to-results, Synopsys said.

Additionally, manufacturability is addressed in the place-and-route technology files. IC Compiler has a unified, TCL-based architecture that includes physical synthesis, placement, routing, yield, signal integrity, test and low-power design. The resulting design can be manufactured at IBM or Chartered using the same GDSII file.

"The close collaboration between IBM, Chartered, ARM, and Synopsys has resulted in significant benefits for our customers such as reduction in project risk and time-to-production," commented Guri Stark, VP of marketing, solutions group at Synopsys. "We have combined the latest Synopsys tools, the design and design flow expertise of our Professional Services team, the latest 90nm low-power technologies from IBM and Chartered, and the new ARM Metro libraries to produce a complete solution for next-generation designs."

The reference flow is available today at no charge to Synopsys customers.

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