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SpringSoft, TSMC co-develop multi-node PDKs

Posted: 25 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS? multimode? IC design? PDK?

SpringSoft Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd announced an agreement to jointly develop and validate process design kits (PDKs) for leading-edge chip manufacturing technologies. Both companies support interoperable PDKs as the goal for providing custom chip designers with manufacturing flexibility, technology choice, and design productivity.

First efforts are for the development of TMSC-qualified PDKs to support high-performance and low-power requirements of designers using SpringSoft's Laker custom IC design software at the 90-, 65- and 45nm nodes. The first deliverable is the SpringSoft Laker 65nm CMOS PDK for digital, mixed-signal, and RF processes. This foundry-certified PDK enables Laker users to maximize productivity, reduce development cycles, and achieve first-pass silicon success.

Long-term goal
SpringSoft is also working with #LINKKEYWORD1# to co-develop interoperable PDKs to provide even greater design flexibility, interoperability, and productivity. "PDKs are an important part of the IC development ecosystem, particularly for custom chip designers that need the higher performance, power optimization, and scalability of leading-edge manufacturing technologies," said ST Juang, senior director of design infrastructure marketing at TSMC. "Our collaboration with SpringSoft reinforces our industry-leading drive toward interoperable PDKs as the preferred long-term solution. It also ensures that more designers can utilize the full range of our advanced processes today with access to fully-qualified Laker PDKs in order to meet their more immediate needs," he added.

Johnson Teng, chief operating officer of SpringSoft said "It takes more than advanced design automation to realize leading-edge chip designs. Designers need timely access to the latest, most accurate information for chip manufacturing technologies, so they can produce designs that offer less risk and yield predictable results." He added that "interoperable PDKs and foundry-certified PDKs are both critical to the success of custom chip development. We are very pleased to be working with TSMC in support of our common goals, and are confident that the rapid completion of our first joint development milestone is the beginning of a successful, long-term relationship."

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