Synopsys joins in ST-Samsung FD-SOI collaboration
Synopsys, Inc. has extended its collaboration with STMicroelectronics in support of ST-Samsung FD-SOI agreement. The extension provides the Korean chipmaker access to Synopsys' Galaxy design flow for ST's 28nm FD-SOI technology.
Last month, ST signed the licensing agreement for its 28nm FD-SOI with Samsung, in hopes of encouraging designers to adopt the process (see ST finds FD-SOI partner in Samsung). The addition of the complementary design flow is a welcome boon that is expected to accelerate and scale up its adoption.
Figure 1: The Galaxy Design Platform block diagram. Source: Synopsys
The Galaxy Design Platform is a comprehensive solution for cell-based and custom IC implementation. It accepts design intent in industry standard formats and generates a production ready IC design in GDSII format. Galaxy RTL and Physical implementation products concurrently balance design constraints by performing intelligent trade-offs between speed, area, power, test and yield.
The platform is compatible with the Lynx Design System, a full-chip design environment providing innovative automation and visualisation capabilities. It features full-chip hierarchical RTL-to-GDSII support, and built-in methodologies for design optimisation.
Figure 2: Lynx Design System's complete RTL-2-GDSII production flow. Source: Synopsys
Lynx automation simplifies and accelerates many critical implementation and validation tasks, including back-bias management across the flow, special connection checks, In-Design physical verification for well connections and UPF supply set management for N-wells and P-wells.
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