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Synopsys uses TSMC's 20nm SoC process for interface IP

Posted: 24 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? interface? system on chip? USB? PHY?

Synopsys recently launched a range of DesignWare Interface IP on TSMC's 20nm system-on-chip (SoC) process. The silicon-proven Synopsys DesignWare USB, DDR, PCI Express and MIPI PHY IP take advantage of 25 per cent lower power consumption offered by TSMC's 20nm SoC process compared to its 28nm process. The DesignWare IP portfolio is designed to achieve high yield by meeting the requirements of advanced manufacturing design, such as adhering to double patterning layout rules.

"TSMC and Synopsys have a long history of collaboration on leading-edge process technology migration, delivering high-quality, proven IP that helps our mutual customers speed their time to volume production," said Suk Lee, TSMC senior director, design infrastructure marketing division. "The availability of Synopsys' high-quality IP portfolio for our 20nm SoC customers provides a low-risk path to implementing proven IP while reducing SoC power consumption."

As designs migrate to smaller process nodes, such as 20nm and 16nm FinFET, the technology challenges to extend Moore's Law become increasingly complex. TSMC has implemented double patterning mask technology on its 20nm SoC process utilising two photo masks, each with half of a pattern, to enable printing of images below the node's minimum spacing design rules. Synopsys' development of DesignWare IP at 20nm focused on minimising yield and manufacturability issues while adhering to the standards' specifications, as well as TSMC's advanced layout and design rules for manufacturability with double patterning technology.

TSMC 20nm SoC

Figure 1: TSMC 20nm SoC silicon results for DesignWare PHY IP: Robust eye diagrams with excellent margin.
Source: Synopsys 2013.

"As the leading provider of physical IP with more than 80 test chip tape-outs in 20nm and 28nm, Synopsys is focused on developing IP in the most advanced process nodes to help designers take full advantage of the processes speed and power characteristics while implementing high-quality, proven IP," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and systems at Synopsys. "By offering a broad portfolio of IP for the 20nm process, Synopsys enables designers to more easily meet their goals of creating differentiated products with less risk and faster time to volume production, while also reducing the risks associated with moving to the 16nm FinFET process."

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