Q: Congratulations on the release of Custom Compiler 2018.09. What are you most excited about in this release?
The 2018.09 release introduces several new technologies that help accelerate analog and custom design closure. Custom Compiler was built from the ground up as an open and modern platform, and introduced several innovative and, in many cases, first-in-class capabilities that users appreciate very much. With 2018.09, we continued enhancing the way they can converge on their layout faster, notably through faster interactive usage and newer functions that reduce the time and steps it takes to get a job done. However, I am most excited about the Fusion Technology enablement that brings two of our key signoff products, StarRC and IC Validator, into the Custom Compiler design environment. This allows our users to perform early parasitic extraction even on partial layouts, and perform signoff DRC checks during the design process. The feedback from early adopters has been very positive. We are looking forward to helping designers achieve tighter design/layout collaboration and avoid late-stage design iterations that they otherwise face in their existing legacy workflows.