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Issue 1, 2013

Synopsys Innovation Update
Latest News on Product, Technologies, Services and Solutions to Help Accelerate Innovation

Synopsys offers a wide range of products, solutions, and services to the global electronics market for designing and manufacturing semiconductors. In this article, we provide a brief overview of key additions to some of our existing solutions as well as showcase recent innovations to Synopsys’ ever-growing lineup of software, IP and services.

Synopsys Innovation Update
Figure 1: The Synopsys product portfolio spans from Systems to SoC to Silicon.

System Design

System DesignSynphony Model Compiler
Synphony Model Compiler (MC) provides easy and automated ways to create signal processing hardware for FPGA and ASIC. The solution includes flexible signal processing IP cores that achieve high quality-of-results across ASIC and various FPGA vendors, families, and devices. Design and verification productivity are increased by using the MATLAB/Simulink environment for simulation and debug, where Synphony MC provides unique technologies to speed simulation for RTL and mixed RTL and high-level design. Synphony also simplifies system validation by providing fast C/C++ models of your hardware for simulation in C-based environments like SystemC. If you are implementing signal processing algorithms in FPGA or ASIC, you should read the full article on Synphony Model Compiler in this issue of Insight.
Learn more about the Synphony Model Compiler.


VerificationOpen De Facto Debug Solutions for Design and Verification
Synopsys’ debug solution, built on top of the Verdi3™ advanced debug platform, solves the most complicated SoC debug problems. Verdi3 debug platform is the industry’s leading open debug automation technology that delivers design debug needs all the way from RTL to gate-level design. The open architecture of the Verdi3 system allows design and verification teams to accelerate their innovation by providing them with a fully integrated, predictable environment, including out-of-the-box support for a wide range of leading simulators, emulators, FPGA-prototyping solutions, model checkers, formal analysis engines and virtual platforms. The Verdi3 advanced debug platform provides a wide selection of leading technologies, such as Siloti, debug visibility optimization, Verdi Power-Aware Debug, for low power debug, and Protolink™, for prototype debug.
Learn more about the Debug.

VCS® X-Prop
Industry leaders of today’s most advanced SoCs rely on the Synopsys VCS functional verification solution to develop their high-quality designs. A new feature in VCS, VCS X-Propagation (X-Prop), detects hidden X bugs as early as in the RTL simulation process to reduce gate-level simulation efforts. This technology works with all other VCS technology, including coverage, native low power simulation, and debug. VCS X-Prop has been deployed to production since 2010 and validated by several SNUG papers. Contact your local support team if you would like to try VCS X-Prop.
Learn more about VCS.

Certitude™ Functional Qualification
The Certitude Functional Qualification System is the only solution that objectively measures the overall effectiveness of your verification environment. It identifies verification weaknesses that allow bugs to go undetected and lead to functional problems, ASIC re-spins, and delays to market. The Certitude system does this with unique automation technology that provides quick feedback on the most serious problems and supports the efficient analysis and correction of problems. The Certitude system is interoperable with existing verification tools and easy to integrate into your current flow. The Certitude Functional Signoff: A Process for Measuring and Improving Verification Quality to Ensure Bug-Free Designs webinar was broadcasted on January 10, 2013.
View the webinar.
Learn more about Certitude.

ZeBu Emulation
Synopsys’ ZeBu emulation offers industry-proven emulation technology used by major semiconductor and electronic systems companies worldwide. ZeBu emulation systems deliver the highest performance and capacity, a broad portfolio of transactors, and lowest price per gate. ZeBu systems include ZeBu Server, scalable to over 2B gates, and ZeBu Blade2, targeted at the desktop. With market-leading performance of up to 12MHz, and seamless integration with Synopsys’ Verdi3 debug environment, ZeBu delivers the verification performance required for complex SoCs.
Learn more about Emulation.

DesignWare IP

DesignWare IPDesignWare® Enterprise 10G PHY IP
Synopsys’ new DesignWare Enterprise 10G PHY IP is part of a high-performance multi-rate transceiver IP portfolio introduced to address the connectivity needs of a broad range of high-end, energy-efficient networking and computing applications. The Enterprise 10G PHY is part of Synopsys' complete 10G Ethernet IP solution, which also includes a PCS, controller and verification IP.
Learn more about the DesignWare Enterprise 10G PHY IP.


ImplementationIntroducing Galaxy Custom Router
Galaxy Custom Router is a shape-based router that provides automatic routing for complex high-speed digital and mixed-signals nets that require carefully crafted, high-quality layouts, such as shielded buses or nets, differential pairs, twisted pairs and matched resistance and capacitance (RC) routing. Galaxy Custom Router enables IC Compiler™ users to create high-quality routing patterns for difficult routing tasks. Users can pre-route sensitive nets using a rich set of custom routing options and continue with IC Compiler to complete the physical implementation. This new shape-based router delivers 2 to 5X productivity improvements over manual efforts and is ready for use with advanced designs by offering support for 20-nm and smaller process technology design rules, including double-patterning.
Learn more about Galaxy Custom Router.


As part of Synopsys’ Optical Design solutions, LightTools delivers tools that support virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization, and photorealistic renderings of illumination applications. These capabilities enable users to more easily explore design alternatives, study light behavior, and improve product quality early in the design process. The latest release of LightTools, version 8.0, helps designers accelerate innovation by adding several new 3D objects, application-specific utilities, and enhancements to parametric controls to simplify the design of state-of-the-art lighting components.
Learn more about LightTools.

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