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Achieving ISO 26262 Software Tool Confidence for Improved Automotive Functional Safety
Achieving ISO 26262 Software Tool Confidence for Improved Automotive Functional Safety The rapid adoption of advanced electronic systems in automobiles has prompted the automotive industry to develop the ISO 26262 functional safety standard to address the potential risks associated with failures in these systems. ISO 26262 is derived from the more general IEC 61508 standard and defines requirements for the design and test processes of electrical and electronics (EE)-based automotive safety-related systems. Although the standard applies to hardware and software elements of these systems, this paper discusses only the hardware elements — more specifically, the design flow and related EDA tool confidence evaluation process related to the implementation of digital and analog/mixed-signal (AMS) integrated circuits (ICs).
Steve Smith, Sr. Director of Automotive Marketing, Synopsys

Signoff-Driven Timing Closure ECO in the Synopsys Galaxy Platform
This paper explains how the timing ECO flow delivers fast, predictable, signoff-driven timing closure in a single pass. It covers a new physically-aware architecture; which runs on a single machine or across compute farms, on designs with over 100 million instances, and reduces tapeout schedules by weeks during timing closure and signoff; one of the most critical phases of IC design.
James Chuang, Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys

FinFET Technology – Understanding and Productizing a New Transistor From TSMC and Synopsys
This white paper discusses the major challenges with FinFETs and how TSMC has been collaborating with Synopsys, one of their ecosystem partners, to deliver a complete solution. Key elements of this solution include comprehensive FinFET profiling without impact to design tool runtime and proven, verified IP availability. The TSMC 16-nm FinFET solution will ensure mutual customers swiftly move to building the next generation SoCs.
Jason S.T. Chen, TSMC; Andy Biddle, Synopsys

Accelerated Layout for Analog/Mixed-Signal in Nanometer SoCs
A much more accelerated approach for creating and integrating analog/mixed-signal functions in SoC designs is possible using automated methods to reduce the total effort needed, enable layout to proceed concurrently with circuit design, and typically produce more optimal layouts—especially for smaller die sizes.
Lyndon Lim, Synopsys

IC Compiler : Multi-Source CTS
Multi-Source CTS delivers the ideal hybrid solution for designers seeking the best of conventional CTS and pure clock mesh. IC Compiler Multi-Source CTS provides better high-speed performance and OCV tolerance than conventional CTS and is more tolerant of complex floorplans and provides more flexibility for clock gating depth than pure clock mesh.
Harvey Toyama, Synopsys Implementation Group

Accelerating Analog Simulation with HSPICE Precision Parallel Technology
HSPICE Precision Parallel technology is a new multicore transient simulation extension to HSPICE for both pre- and post-layout of complex analog circuits such as PLLs, ADCs, DACs, SERDES, and other full mixed-signal circuits. HPP addresses the traditional bottleneck in accelerating SPICE on multicore CPUs with new algorithms that enable a larger percentage of the simulation to be parallelized, with no compromise in golden HSPICE accuracy. Additionally, efficient memory management allows simulation of post-layout circuits larger than 10 million elements.
Robert Daniels, Sr. Staff Engineer, Synopsys Inc.; Harald Von Sosen, Principal Engineer, Synopsys Inc.; Hany Elhak, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys Inc.

Improve Design Productivity with Quality Checks on IP Timing Constraints
When combining intellectual property (IP) blocks from various sources, the chip-level implementation teams may not have the detailed IP knowledge required to develop timing constraints for the IP.

Design Compiler Technology Backgrounder
Synopsys’ RTL synthesis solution has been the No. 1 choice of ASIC designers worldwide since 1987. Countless numbers of chips have been designed using Synopsys’ synthesis solution and over 60 semiconductor and library vendors offer hundreds of libraries supporting Synopsys synthesis.
Synopsys inc.

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