TSMC Awards 

TSMC Customers’ Choice Award

Synopsys receives TSMC’s Customers’ Choice Award for its paper titled
TSMC 16nm-FinFET SRAM Design Verification

Authors: Antony Fan, Mark Han, Amelia Shen, Weidong Liu, Vladimir Aptekar, and Frank Lee from Synopsys and Yen-Huei Chen, Wei-Min Chan, Hung-Jen Liao, and Jonathan Chang from TSMC

Held Oct. 1, 2013, the third TSMC'S Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum was attended by more than 1,000 TSMC customers and the Open Innovation Platform design ecosystem partners from EDA, IP and Design Services. 30 technical papers were presented during the forum, showing real solutions and how the complete OIP ecosystem achieves faster time to market. Among the 30 technical papers, three companies were given Customers' Choice Awards, selected by customers who cast ballots during the event.

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The scaling of embedded SRAM into the 16nm technology node and beyond is critical for applications ranging from high-performance computing to low-power mobile devices. At 16nm, the emergence and use of FinFET 3D transistors bring many new opportunities to the SRAM design, but new challenges also accompany SRAM design verification. To address these challenges and enable efficient FinFET SRAM design, Synopsys and TSMC closely collaborated on enhancing the SPICE and FastSPICE tools for this node. Through FinFET BSIM-CMG model validation, IR/EM rules certification, SRAM instance pre-layout and post-layout, timing and power simulation calibration, and IR/EM simulation verification, the teams have established a working productive flow for 16nm-FinFET SRAM design verification.

Interface IP TSMC Award
2013 Interface IP Partner of the Year Award given to Synopsys during TSMC's OIP Forum

Synopsys Selected as TSMC's 2013 “Interface IP Partner of the Year” for Fourth Consecutive Year

Synopsys was awarded TSMC's 2013 “Interface IP Partner of the Year” at the TSMC Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum held on October 1st. TSMC has presented Synopsys with this honor every year since TSMC introduced the award in 2010. Synopsys was selected based on customer feedback, TSMC9000 compliance, number of customer tape-outs and technical support excellence. Synopsys' DesignWare Interface IP portfolio includes widely used protocols such as USB, PCI Express®, DDR, MIPI, HDMI, Ethernet and SATA that are available in a broad range of process nodes from 180 nm to 20 nm, with a roadmap to 16 nm.

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Partner of the Year Award
Synopsys receives 2013 Partner of the Year Award for Joint Development of 16FinFET Design Infrastructure

TSMC Awards Synopsys “Partner of the Year 2013” for Joint Development of 16FinFET Design Infrastructure

On October 1, during TSMC's Open Innovation Platform forum, TSMC awarded Synopsys “Partner of the Year 2013” for joint development of the 16FinFET design infrastructure. The award recognizes Synopsys' valuable contribution, broad technical expertise and shared commitment to the development and delivery of TSMC's 16-nm reference flow. The design infrastructure solution from Synopsys includes IC Compiler™, StarRC™, PrimeTime® and IC Validator tools.

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