Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:
SNPS), a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the
global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and
services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing, today announced that
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC; NYSE: SMI and SEHK:
0981.HK), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, has adopted
Synopsys' HSPICE(R) circuit simulator and WaveView Analyzer for design and verification
of their 65-nanometer (nm) and 45-nm IP blocks, I/O circuitry and standard cell
characterization flows. Taking advantage of the innovations in the 2009.03 release
of the HSPICE circuit simulator, SMIC was able to cut simulation runtime in
half with improved silicon correlation over their existing solution.
"With HSPICE, we were able to run our analog IP and standard cell circuits
two times faster than our existing solution," said Paul Ouyang, vice president
of Design Services at SMIC. "In addition, WaveView Analyzer significantly
improved our verification productivity by delivering an easy-to-use, feature-rich
and high-performance waveform analysis solution. We are now able to instantly
render large waveforms and run automatic specification verification functions."
"The 2009.03 release of HSPICE delivers further simulation speed improvements
on both single- and multicore computer hardware while maintaining the same trusted
silicon-accurate results," said Graham Etchells, director of marketing
for the Analog/Mixed-Signal Group at Synopsys. "Continuing innovations
in HSPICE, WaveView Analyzer and other AMS circuit simulation solutions enable
foundries worldwide to accelerate development of advanced process nodes."
The HSPICE simulator is widely recognized as the "gold standard" for
accurate circuit simulation and offers foundry-certified MOS device models with
state-of-the-art simulation and analysis algorithms. With more than 25 years
of successful design tapeouts, the HSPICE simulator is one of the fastest and
most trusted circuit simulators. HSPICE is an integral component of Synopsys'
Discovery(TM) Verification Platform, which offers high-performance functional
and mixed-signal verification to enable designers to achieve the highest throughput
and accuracy for complex mixed-signal system-on-chip (SoC) designs.