Cadence Design Systems,
Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), enables global electronic design innovation and plays
an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics,
announced today that the Cadence QRC extraction signoff technology has adopted
a new interoperable data format, iRCX, developed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Company (TSMC). This iRCX file includes comprehensive interconnect modeling
data, enabling Cadence customers to perform accurate parasitic extraction signoff.
The availability of consistent manufacturing data to accurately model the demands
of millions of transistors is essential to avoid catastrophic failures caused
by an electrical short or an open circuit. The Cadence signoff analysis flow
directly processes the iRCX database for parasitic extraction and electromigration
(EM) verification rules that are used with QRC Extraction.
"iRCX plays the key role in enabling interconnect modeling related EDA
applications, including parasitic extraction of Cadence QRC itself and electromigration
analysis based on QRC's extraction results," said Tom Quan, deputy director
of design service marketing at TSMC. "The new unified data format is part
of TSMC Open Innovation Platform that provides designers the ability to select
qualified EDA tools to match their design needs and ensure design accuracy for
first time silicon success."
"By delivering foundry data directly to the scalable Cadence QRC Extraction
software, the new TSMC iRCX process file allows our customers to quickly achieve
consistent silicon-accurate parasitic signoff and EM analysis for their designs
in a rapid cycle time," said Dr. Rachid Salik, vice president of research
and development at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. "We continue to strengthen
our relationship with TSMC and provide value to our mutual customers."
In addition to iRCX support, Cadence QRC reduces extraction turnaround time
with its parallel processing technology. Designers benefit from improved productivity,
consistent data, and silicon-accurate flows necessary to take designs to production.