|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
|The Benefits of Static Timing Analysis Based Memory Characterization |
With the latest developments in STA technology, it is now possible to time not only the control logic (transistor-level digital circuits) of a memory block, but also paths through the memory core array (i.e. bit-column, wordline, column mux, sense amp, and so on). The result is an improvement in design turn-around-time, verification coverage, accuracy (within ±5% of SPICE), and productivity for designs with embedded memories.
Ken Hsieh, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys, Inc.
|Custom and Mixed-Signal Design Solution|
Synopsys’ unified solution for custom and cell-based design and verification provides a comprehensive, highly integrated suite of tools for advanced-node mixed-signal SoC design. The high degree of integration and interoperability shortens time-to-tapeout and improves design quality.
|Understand and Avoid Electromigration (EM) & IR-drop in Custom IP Blocks|
This whitepaper discusses the various trends exacerbating EM and IR-drop effects as well as design and analysis techniques to avoid them, and introduce Synopsys’ transistor-level analysis solution, which includes CustomSim for FastSPICE circuit simulation, StarRC for extraction, and Galaxy Custom Designer for custom layout.
Bradley Geden, Solutions Architect, Synopsys
|Boosting Designer Productivity by Using Look-ahead Constraint Analysis Technology|
In this paper, we present a unique constraint analysis technology that checks for timing constraints problems and provides an interactive environment with context-sensitive diagnostic and fixing suggestions. Using this technology, design teams can save several weeks of engineering effort in a typical IC design project.
Cho Moon, R&D Manager, Synopsys
George Mekhtarian, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys
|StarRC Custom Rapid3D Extraction|
The next-generation Rapid3D technology in StarRC Custom provides an integrated 3D extraction solution to address these growing accuracy, performance, capacity and ease-of-use needs. This paper presents the new Rapid3D technology and the benefits it provides for a range of target applications, including IP characterization as well as custom analog/mixed-signal (AMS), high-speed digital and memory array designs.
CAE, Synopsys Inc.
R&D Manager, Synopsys Inc.
|StarRC™ Custom: Next-Generation Modeling and Extraction Solution for Custom IC Designs |
Custom digital, analog/mixed-signal, and memory designs are particularly sensitive to the nanometer device parameters and parasitics. At 40-nm process technology and beyond, approximating or ignoring the new interconnect and device effects in custom designs can lead to inaccurate post-layout simulation results and jeopardize the chances of successful silicon.
Principal Engineer and CAE Manager, Synopsys Inc
|In-Design Rail Analysis™ Accelerates Power Network Closure|
In today’s complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs, static and dynamic voltage-drop and electromigration (EM) effects are increasing. At 90 nanometer (nm) and below, these effects are having a profound impact on timing, contributing 10 to 15 percent delay sensitivity and overall design viability. Due to the performance sensitivity to power and ground (P/G) noises, rail analysis solutions that have been used in high performance networking, wireless/mobile or low-power consumer applications become critical for all design applications at advanced process nodes.
Joy Han, Implementation Group, Synopsys
|PrimeTime Advanced OCV Technology|
An accepted trend in the semiconductor industry, where process geometry is continuously shrinking, is the growing impact of variation in static timing analysis (STA). The growing impact of variation in modern designs requires an improved OCV handling capability that takes advantage of improved device-level variation techniques. This white paper highlights the Advanced OCV solution, a sophisticated technology from PrimeTime for providing the right balance between accuracy and performance.
Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys
|Extraction Techniques for High-performance, High-capacity Simulation|
Today’s advanced process technologies and faster time-to-market schedules are pushing the limits of verification tools. Post-layout simulation runtimes are increasing 2-4x with every new process generation as chip transistor counts double and new parasitic effects come into play. The Synopsys StarRC™ extraction solution offers a wide range of features to boost the simulation performance and capacity of transistor-level custom digital, analog/mixed-signal and memory designs.
Omar Shah, Corporate Application Engineer; Shekhar Kapoor, Marketing Manager
|Accurate Signoff Using Path Based Analysis|
Path-based analysis is a feature which was introduced in PrimeTime Y-2004.06 release. This technology offers a substantial improvement in static timing analysis accuracy for both PrimeTime and PrimeTime SI. This paper looks discusses this exciting technology, explores how it is implemented and discusses how to put it to work immediately in your PrimeTime or PrimeTime SI flow.
Chris Papademetrious, Corporate Applications Engineer, Synopsys Implementation Group
|Improve SoC Design Productivity By Performing Quality Checks |
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.
Michael Robinson, Senior Design Consultant, Synopsys Professional Services
|Fixing Hold Violations Across Many Modes and Corners with DMSA|
Fixing hold violations is normally a straightforward process of inserting a delay at a pin that has a negative hold slack. The challenge is choosing the amount of delay so that it improves or resolves the hold violation without incurring a setup violation. PrimeTime provides a capability called Distributed Multi-Scenario Analysis (DMSA). This capability provides a mechanism for running multiple full PrimeTime analyses while interfacing to them with a single PrimeTime control shell called the master.
Chris Papademetrious, Corporate Applications Engineer, Synopsys Implementation Group
|Expanding the Synopsys PrimeTime Solution with power analysis |
Design closure in today’s advanced designs requires a delicate balance of many complex issues. Timing remains
critical, but power has become important toward achieving design success. Today, power management
is a mainstream design challenge and a key concern for chip designers.
Gordon Yip, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys, Inc.
|Static Timing Verification of Custom Blocks Using Synopsys’ NanoTime® Tool |
With the continued evolution of processes reaching levels below 90-nanometers (nm), nanometer effects are having a significant and growing impact on delay and require a number of changes in the approaches used to predict delays.
Dr. Larry G. Jones, Implementation Group, Synopsys, Inc.
| Design practices and strategies for efficient signal integrity closure |
The physical implementation of very deep sub-micron (VDSM) designs benefits from good, up-front
planning processes, both in terms of schedule as well as quality of results. While the optimal planning
strategy is design-dependent, there are a variety of design best practices that have proven successful in
streamlining the physical design process.
Sachin Idgunji, Steve Lloyd,
|Harnessing Multicore Hardware to Accelerate PrimeTime® Static Timing Analysis|
In the last few years, the trend in CPU performance improvement has shifted from raw computational speed to parallelism as various memory and power (heat dissipation) limits have been reached at the higher clock frequencies. After surpassing clock speeds of 3 GHz, further CPU performance improvement is now achieved by increasing the number of computational elements (cores) within a given CPU package.
Steve Hollands, R&D Manager, Synopsys, Inc., George Mekhtarian, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys, Inc.