Synopsys Design Tools Receive TSMC Certification for 16nm FinFET Plus Production and 10nm Early Design Starts

Synopsys, Inc. today announced that TSMC has concluded 16-nanometer FinFET Plus (16FF+) v1.0 certification and reached the first milestone of 10-nanometer (nm) certification based on the most current DRM and SPICE model on a comprehensive list of Synopsys' custom and digital design tools.

This certification enables mutual customers to deploy tools in Synopsys' Galaxy™ Design Platform for 16-nm production designs and 10-nm early engagements. The certified platform delivers technologies including routing rules, physical verification runsets, signoff-accurate extraction technology files, statistical timing analysis that correlates with SPICE, and interoperable process design kits (iPDKs) for FinFET processes. TSMC and Synopsys have collaborated to enhance new tool features based on both 16-nm and 10-nm technology requirements in Synopsys' IC Compiler™ II place and route solution with TSMC validation.  This includes full-flow color enablement, support for connected poly on gate oxide and diffusion edge (CPODE) technology, layer optimization, low Vdd timing closure and support for signal electro-migration. The two companies are also working together to complete IC Compiler II certification for 16nm by the end of April and 10nm in June 2015.

"The combination of tool certification and our longstanding collaboration with Synopsys is enabling customers' 16FF+ production ramp-up and early engagements at 10-nanometer," said Suk Lee, TSMC Senior Director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division.  "With a full suite of TSMC-certified digital, signoff, and custom implementation solutions from Synopsys, our mutual customers will achieve improved performance and lower power while attaining their time-to-market goals."

"Our deep collaboration with TSMC on 16-nanometer and 10-nanometer FinFET processes allows our mutual customers to use silicon-proven FinFET tools to achieve predictable design closure with faster turnaround time," said Bijan Kiani, vice president of product marketing in Synopsys' Design Group. "With the latest certification for these two FinFET processes, designers can take advantage of this game-changing implementation technology for their next-generation chip designs."

Key Synopsys tools certified by TSMC include:

  • IC Compiler II and IC Compiler: IC Compiler is fully certified for 16FF+ production and the most current DRM and SPICE model of 10-nm. IC Compiler II certification for 16FF+ production and the 10-nm early design starts will be completed by end of April 2015 and June 2015, respectively
  • IC Validator: Fully color-aware signoff physical verification for FinFET designs
  • StarRC™ extraction solution: Multi-patterning support, color-aware modeling and 3-D FinFET modeling
  • PrimeTime® signoff solution: Signoff-accurate delay calculation and timing analysis with advanced waveform propagation includes impact of ultra-low voltage, increased Miller effect and resistivity, and process variations included in the standardized Liberty Variation Format (LVF) and multi-scenario ECO guidance to accelerate timing closure and leakage recovery
  • PrimeRail: Accurate static and dynamic IR-drop analysis, color-aware electro-migration and power/ground (P/G) EM rules support
  • NanoTime: SPICE-accurate transistor-level static timing analysis of 10-nm custom macros and embedded SRAMs
  • DesignWare® STAR Memory System: Comprehensive test, repair and diagnostics solution for Synopsys and third-party embedded memories. Optimized memory test and repair algorithms provide high coverage of memory defects, including unique fault effects prevalent in FinFET-based memories
  • Galaxy Custom Designer® schematic editor: Display mask color on schematic, assign color constraints and check schematics for color conflicts
  • Laker® layout tool: Support for 10-nm full-coloring flow; reads color constraints from Galaxy Custom Designer schematic and enforces during layout; design-rule-driven color checking during layout and IC Validator integration to support color-aware verification and color back-annotation
  • HSPICE®, CustomSim™ and FineSim® simulation products: Support for 10-nm FinFET device modeling with self-heating effect and delivery of accurate circuit simulation results for the latest FinFET-based designs
  • CustomSim also supports the latest design rules for electro-migration, IR-drop analysis and circuit electrical overstress (EOS) checking      



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