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Simulation products support TSMC's AMS reference

Posted: 03 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:analog? mixed signal? design platform? simulation?

Magma Design Automation Inc., has announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has validated the Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform and FineSim SPICE and FineSim Pro circuit simulation products for inclusion in TSMC's Analog/Mixed-Signal (AMS) Reference Flow 2.0. The TSMC AMS Reference Flow 2.0 is said to target its most advanced 28nm process technology and includes a comprehensive design kit and new advanced custom design methodologies.

Mutual customers can accelerate the design and manufacture of next-generation analog/mixed-signal IC designs using Magma's advanced technology and the TSMC AMS Reference Flow 2.0 flow.

Titan and FineSim provide a robust, integrated analog design and simulation platform that complies with the requirements of the TSMC AMS Reference Flow 2.0. Titan provides a Layout-Dependent-Effects (LDE)-aware flow that allows users to account for these effects during schematic design, and performs custom wire load emulation including parasitic effects. Titan also provides a parasitic wrapper that enables schematic engineering change order (ECO) emulation with parasitic and LDE parameters, allowing users to make schematic changes and factor in LPE and RC effects.

Meanwhile, FineSim SPICE and FineSim Pro work with Titan to enable SPICE-level simulation and post-layout simulation with extracted parasitics. FineSim SPICE is a SPICE-level simulation analysis tool that incorporates transistor-level simulation analysis capabilities for mixed-signal and analog designs. FineSim Pro is said to be the industry's first fast SPICE circuit simulator that supports multiCPU simulations.

"Customers always seek better ways to achieve superior results in advanced technologies," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager for custom design business unit at Magma. "By working with TSMC and providing advanced capabilities, faster throughput, higher levels of automation and allowing analog design reuse, Magma enables customers to develop highly differentiated products more cost effectively."

"TSMC's 28-nm process technology enables customers to improve timing, area and power on their designs, and achieving silicon success requires a complete design ecosystem that includes leading-edge analog and circuit simulation tools," said Suk Lee, director of design infrastructure marketing at TSMC. "By collaborating with Magma to include Titan and FineSim for the AMS Reference Flow 2.0, we can provide our customers with a robust design ecosystem."

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