Implementation with Galaxy Design Platform 

The Proven Approach to an Accelerated Tapeout 

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At-A-Glance
  • Complement your design team with experts in SI, power, DFT, DFM, and verification
  • Qualify, optimize and assemble IP from multiple sources into a single chip implementation
  • Adopt best-practices and new methodologies through knowledge transfer
  • Design handoffs at specification, RTL or netlist stage with project support through tapeout
  • Full concept-to-packaged parts capability

Whether due to unexpected changes in project staffing or a strategic outsourcing decision, augmenting your design capability with Synopsys’ design consultants can significantly improve your project productivity. In addition to design experience and tool expertise, Synopsys’ design consultants leverage proven design flows and methodologies, program management best practices, and an extensive compute infrastructure to meet your program objectives. In short, our consultants bring the knowledge, technology and resources you’ve come to trust from Synopsys.

Specializing in RTL to GDSII design implementation at 130 nanometers (nm), 90nm, 65nm, and now 45nm, Synopsys Professional Services addresses the deep submicron challenges of timing closure, power optimization and management, signal integrity (SI), design-for-test (DFT), and design-for-manufacturability (DFM) to achieve predictable sign-off. Our expertise with Synopsys Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification platforms will help you maximize chip performance and avoid costly iterations.

Design teams can also utilize Synopsys’ web-based design infrastructure; this collaborative “virtual” environment enables the project team to leverage people and compute resources anywhere in the world, any time of the day. Additionally, access to an extensive server farm with scalable hardware and software resources accelerates productivity during critical phases.

Rapid IP creation, qualification and integration are critical aspects of SoC development. Leveraging design reuse methodologies pioneered by Synopsys, we help you create high quality, reusable IP blocks. Our consultants also possess unique knowledge of Synopsys DesignWare® IP, the industry’s most widely-used portfolio of IP cores and building block libraries. They will assist you in optimally configuring and integrating DesignWare’s digital and mixed-signal IP. If your SoC includes a proprietary subsystem, we can create custom IP “wrappers” that interface industry-standard IP to your proprietary buses.

Synopsys’ design services are flexible. Design activities can be fully collaborative, or you can handoff to Synopsys at virtually any level of abstraction (e.g., specification, RTL, or netlist). Our consultants are supported by a worldwide network of design centers and design experts that can be leveraged to scale with your project’s changing needs. The significant experience of our consultants in designing some of the most advanced chips on the market enables us to be productive from the first day we’re on the job—to get your SoC completed on time and on spec.

Diagram
Table 1. Sample of recent Implementation projects.

Typical Design Realization services include some or a combination of the following design tasks:

Block Optimization
  • Micro-architecture and RTL code optimization
  • Physical synthesis and block finishing to GDSII
Full Chip Integration
  • IP qualification and configuration
  • IP and block assembly and design capture for hierarchical designs
  • Block and chip-level constraints management and integration
Physical Design Optimization
  • Early library and IP qualification and generation of missing views
  • Early floorplanning and power budgeting to address VDSM physical effects
  • Interface logic modeling and static-timing analysis
  • Signal integrity (SI) analysis and prevention
  • Power analysis, dynamic and leakage power optimization
  • Placement optimization with physical synthesis, clock-tree synthesis, and extraction
  • SI-aware, OCV-aware, and yield-aware place and route
  • Chip finishing and analysis
  • Flat, hierarchical, and “virtual flat” flows for various chip complexities

Expertise in Physical Design
As process geometries shrink, the physical design process becomes an increasingly important factor in determining chip quality, yield and reliability. That’s because the physical effects at advanced process nodes of 130nm and below become first-order effects. When it comes to solving the complexities of physical design, there’s no substitute for experience. The most advanced tools in the hands of experienced engineers working with the best methodologies and infrastructure are the best ways to mitigate project risks.

Synopsys Professional Services has a long track record of successful chip tapeouts with and for our customers. Our design consultants utilize Synopsys’ leading-edge EDA technology and the Lynx Design System, a configurable, production-proven design flow with built-in utilities and methodologies for improving designer productivity. This IC development platform, configured for your specific design needs and proven on your chip, can be fully deployed during or after project completion to be leveraged on the next project.

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Case Study: Establishing a New Production Flow for Low Power SoCs
The SoC Technology Center of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (STC/ITRI) is a leading industrial research lab devoted to developing innovative semiconductor technologies for Taiwanese companies and the global R&D community. In response to increasing demand from government and industry for advanced devices, ITRI engaged with Synopsys to establish a low-power design fl ow for 90nm and validate the fl ow through the tapeout of its Parallel Architecture Core (PAC) DSP lowpower core designed for next-generation media-rich and multifunction portable devices such as media players, PDAs, and smart phones. Synopsys and ITRI focused on the development and application of new methodologies and fl ows built around industry-leading tools from Synopsys’ Galaxy Design Platform. Our consultants, leveraging substantial experience with 90nm and 65nm process nodes and the latest tool features, evaluated implementation trade-offs and optimization techniques with ITRI’s designers. The full combination of power management techniques in the fl ow and VDSM experience led to signifi cant savings in power consumption and fi rst-success silicon.

“Our latest chip was developed with very challenging power optimization goals and targeting a new process node. …We are now recommending this fl ow to our 90 nanometer customers.”

– Dr. David Chang
Deputy General Director, STC/ITRI

Case Study: First Time COT, First Time Right
M-Systems is a leading developer of innovative, high volume data storage solutions for consumer applications such as mobile phones, PDA’s, set-top boxes, and embedded systems. Deploying a complete, pre-validated RTL-to-GDSII design fl ow from Synopsys enabled M-Systems to mitigate the risk of taking over the physical design of their chips. By providing additional design assistance through tapeout, Synopsys Professional Services facilitated a smooth chip implementation and fi rst pass chip success. Synopsys’ design fl ow provided the best optimization in area and power consumption, two critical issues for high volume chips serving the consumer market.

"Building in-house physical design capability for a COT manufacturing model was accomplished in just 3 months with the help of Synopsys Professional Services. Functional prototypes from fi rst silicon put us well on the way to meet our important customer deliveries."

– Michael Mostovoy
Director of ASIC Department, M-Systems

The complete success stories for STC/ITRI and M-Systems are available at: http://www.synopsys.com/Services/Pages/SuccessStories.aspx

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