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Synopsys, GlobalFoundries team up for 22nm FD-SOI sol'n

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys? GlobalFoundries? FD-SOI? design platform? FinFET?

Synopsys Inc., in partnership with GlobalFoundries, has developed a comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII solution for the industry's first 22nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) technology process. GlobalFoundries' 22FDX platform claims to offer FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm planar technologies.

The implementation and signoff tools from the Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform have been enabled for the present version of GlobalFoundries' 22FDX platform reference flow. GlobalFoundries has qualified these tools to use body bias to manage power, performance and leakage to achieve optimal energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Key tools and features of the Galaxy Design Platform in the 22FDX reference flow include: Design Compiler Graphical synthesis with IEEE 1801 (UPF) driven bias-aware multi-corner multi-mode (MCMM) optimisation; Formality formal verification with bias-aware equivalence checking; IC Compiler and IC Compiler II layout with physical implementation support for non-uniform library floorplanning, implant-aware placement, multi-rail routing and advanced power mesh creation; StarRC parasitic extraction for multi-rail signoff with support for multi-valued standard parasitic exchange format (SPEF); and PrimeTime timing analysis and signoff including DMSA static timing and noise analysis, using AOCV and POCV technology.

In addition, Synopsys and GlobalFoundries are continuing the collaboration with the qualification and integration of IC Validator In-Design physical verification into the reference flow.

The Galaxy Design Platform supports body biasing techniques throughout the design flow, key to achieving optimal power and performance when using the 22FDX technology. Both forward body bias and reverse body bias are supported, enabling power/performance trade-offs to be made dynamically and delivering up to 50 per cent power reduction.

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