DC Explorer enables early RTL exploration leading to a better starting point for RTL synthesis and accelerating design implementation. With tolerance to incomplete design data, 5-10X faster runtimes and 10% timing and area correlation to DC Ultra (Topographical), it provides early visibility into implementation results. DC Explorer enables designers to efficiently perform what-if analyses of various design configurations early in the design cycle to speed the development of high quality RTL and constraints and drive a faster, more convergent design flow. It also generates an early netlist that can be used to begin physical exploration in IC Compiler. With push-button access to IC Compiler design planning from inside the RTL exploration environment, DC Explorer lets designers easily create and modify floor plans very early in the design cycle.