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Altera deploys Synopsys' Star-RCXT for 65nm designs

Posted: 19 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? Altera? Star-RCXT? HSIM FastSpice? 65nm design?

Synopsys announced that Altera has deployed Synopsys' Star-RCXT extraction tool and HSIM FastSpice simulator for its FPGA design flow targeting Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co.'s (TSMC) 65nm Nexsys process technology. The Star-RCXT extraction tool offers advanced process modeling of 65nm effects with accurate correlation to silicon, as well as seamless integration with HSIM simulator to achieve fast time-to-results.

"We selected the Star-RCXT tool on the merits of its TSMC verification, its proven ability to model 65nm effects with sub-femtofarad accuracy, and its seamless integration with Synopsys' HSIM FastSpice simulator," said Eugene Chen, director of CAD engineering at Altera.

Star-RCXT tool is a parasitic extraction solution in Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform, and the only extraction tool to cover cell-based, custom digital, and analog/mixed-signal designs, the company said. It supports 65nm process capabilities including in-die process variation solutions such as selective process biasing, local density effects, length of diffusion density and polynomial-based width-dependent thickness variation, width-dependent temperature variation, and metal fill. In modeling such advanced silicon process features. The tool also extracts silicon-accurate resistance capacitance parasitics for use with the HSIM FastSpice simulator to ensure rapid verification of custom digital designs.

"Synopsys delivers proven design flows that enable designers to produce accurate designs using the most advanced silicon capabilities," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager of Synopsys' implementation group. "With this proven foundry flow, Altera will deliver its next-generation devices to market with high predictability and yield."

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