Synopsys shows off optimised Lynx Design for 32/28nm technology

Synopsys has announced that its Lynx Design System has provided the platform to reduce risk and total development cost for advanced 32/28nm system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

The pre-validated design environment for the Common Platform alliance (CPA) 32/28-nanometer(nm) high-k metal gate (HKMG) technology is based on Synopsys’ Lynx Design System. It has been created in association with ARM and the Common Platform alliance, which consists of companies including IBM, Samsung Electronics, and Globalfoundries.

Synopsys’ support for the HKMG 32/28-nm technology includes an an optimised Lynx Design System, a flow configured for the pre-validated ARM CPA 32/28-nm LP standard cells and memories, which expedites design setup and start and a performance- and power-optimised implementation flow for the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor that targets GHz+ results using ARM physical IP.

Andy Brotman, vice president of Design Infrastructure at Globalfoundries, said: “Along with our partners in the Common Platform alliance, we have collaborated with Synopsys to tune the Lynx Design System and DesignWare connectivity IP for 32/28-nanometer low-power process technology.

“Our customers are now able to immediately benefit from the unique advantages of ARM physical IP and Synopsys tools, flows and IP for a low risk, scalable path to implementing their designs in our 28 nanometer HKMG technology.”

In addition the company has also announced two new products in its Galaxy Signoff product portfolio. This includes a 3D fast field solver engine, which it has fully integrated into its StarRC Custom  parasitic extraction solution.

The Rapid3D technology is said to give accuracy and significant speed up processes by incorporating the latest advancements in 3D field solver algorithms. These algorithms take full advantage of modern multicore hardware to solve the accuracy and runtime challenges of sub-45-nanometer (nm) extraction for custom IC design and IP characterisation. They are said to give 20X runtime improvement in single processor core performance and an additional 54X boost in performance on 64 cores.

Eugene Chen, director of CAD engineering at Altera Corporation, said: “Due to increasing parasitic effects at advanced process technologies, it is becoming harder to achieve accuracy and faster turnaround time for any leading-edge designs.

“StarRC Custom with Rapid3D technology provides the speed and accuracy we need to help us achieve first-pass success and maintain a competitive advantage. In our evaluation, the Rapid3D technology delivered 13X faster runtime on a single CPU core.”

In addition, the latest release of the company’s LibertyTM NCX is said to provide up to a 7X boost in characterisation speed while providing the most efficient composite current source (CCS) models for IC Compiler physical implementation and PrimeTime timing analysis, enabling designers to quickly achieve timing closure and improve productivity.