Moninder Bansal: PrimeLib addresses these challenges by advancements in characterization using ML and provides 5X faster LVF characterization, which accounts for 60% of the overall runtime. Also, PrimeLib has superior scalability in its DNA. PrimeLib provides almost linear scaling on cloud and cluster and enables customers to run over 100 thousand jobs in parallel. The PrimeLib solution, with its state-of-the-art scalability, accelerates throughput for library characterization, reducing turnaround time from weeks to days. In addition, PrimeLib’s innovative SmartScaling technology, built on top of Synopsys PrimeTime scaling engine, enables Zero-cost and accurate timing, power, noise and LVF library generation for multiple PVT corners based on existing anchor PVTs. Synopsys’ PrimeLib solution was built on the vision to provide the best-in-class next-generation unified library characterization and validation solution for a wide variety of IPs.
The PrimeLib solution incorporates innovative LVF characterization technologies based on advanced ML techniques for best performance and accuracy. In this domain, PrimeLib offers a flexible and dynamic selection of algorithms to automatically determine whether to use the traditional sensitivity-based approach, or advanced ML algorithms, or High-Sigma Characterization, thereby offering the most accurate solution per user needs.
Advances in process technology are increasing the impact of Electro-Migration (EM) on the performance and reliability of designs. At the same time, stress and degradation in the performance of transistors with continued usage over a period of time is another concern. On this front, the cell reliability characterization capabilities of PrimeLib, which include EM characterization and Aging characterization, cater to the automotive industry’s needs. Additionally, to account for design robustness due to potential process shift, PrimeLib offers a tightly integrated solution with PrimeShield™.
Successful IC design requires high-quality libraries and hence integrated signoff library validation is just as important. PrimeLib provides a comprehensive suite of capabilities for Library QA for timing, noise, EM, power and constraints via integration with Synopsys’ sign-off tools. Users can benefit from the visual HTML reports and heat maps, GUI-based library-to-library comparison capabilities, among other helpful features, for the critical yet time-consuming validation tasks.