Posted: July 23, 2009

Cadence Delivers 28-Nanometer Design Capabilities to TSMC Reference Flow 10.0

(Nanowerk News) Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that its suite of Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System solutions, including design closure, low-power, DFM, mixed-signal, and signoff technologies, as well as System-In-Package design technology are included in TSMC Reference Flow 10.0. The RTL-to-GDSII design capabilities in the Cadence track enable designers to produce high-yielding, power-efficient designs for the foundry's most advanced manufacturing processes.
"Reference Flow 10.0 plays a critical role in design enablement for new process technologies," said S.T. Juang, senior director of Design Infrastructure Marketing at TSMC. "The close collaboration with Cadence ensures needed tool enhancements are made ahead of time, as we are entering 28 nanometers."
"Providing best-in-class solutions for today's toughest design challenges and developing solutions ahead of the curve for tomorrow requires continuous innovation and tight collaboration with our customers and business partners," said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, vice president of digital implementation research and development at Cadence. "Working closely with TSMC helps ensure our leadership in low-power, mixed-signal, integrated DFM, advanced-node, and signoff technologies, and enables Cadence to provide a complete and predictable solution from RTL to final silicon."
DFM, Digital Implementation and Analysis
A key contribution to Reference Flow 10.0 is the industry's first context-aware electrical analysis of library cell and SOC designs. Using the award-winning Cadence Litho Electrical Analyzer, designers can electrically fine-tune library cells and accurately model electrical stress effects, thereby increasing product quality. In addition, the hierarchical Litho Physical Analyzer produces fast analysis of the physical manufacturability of nanometer-level devices. Both of these unique DFM capabilities are integrated into the Encounter Digital Implementation System, allowing early design stage identification, analysis and repair of potential manufacturing issues.
Other variation reduction techniques covered under the Cadence track of TSMC Reference Flow 10.0 include statistical static timing analysis (SSTA), placement optimization, advanced clock tree analysis and on-chip variation analysis. All of these techniques are dramatically accelerated through end-to-end support for multi-processor-based computing platforms.
Building upon the Cadence NanoRoute® Router, which significantly boosts designer productivity and accelerates overall turnaround time, Cadence delivers a variety of other DFM techniques, including physical defect analysis, virtual CMP hot spot analysis, lithography process checking, advanced process modeling, and substrate noise analysis. All of these capabilities are fully integrated into the Encounter Digital Implementation System to allow the closest possible correlation between optimization and signoff.
Advanced Low-Power Design
Cadence introduced its Low-Power Design Solution more than two years ago and immediately incorporated its features into the TSMC Reference Flow 8.0. Since then, Cadence has updated its Low-Power Solution with new capabilities, including hierarchical support for the Si2 Common Power Format (CPF), pulse-latch, and dual-flop solutions. Because the Cadence Low-Power Solution is also seamlessly integrated into the Encounter Digital Implementation System, it provides low cost of ownership and an easy-to-use design environment for low-power design.
Cadence track of TSMC Reference Flow 10.0

-- Encounter Digital Implementation System (EDI System)

-- Cadence Low-Power Solution

-- Encounter RTL Compiler

-- Encounter Test

-- Encounter Conformal® (Low Power, Constraint Designer, LEC)

-- First Encounter Silicon Virtual Prototyping

-- NanoRoute Router

-- Encounter Timing System (with CeltIC® NDC)

-- Encounter Power System

-- QRC Extraction

-- Encounter Library Characterizer

-- Litho Physical Analyzer

-- Litho Electrical Analyzer

-- Cadence CMP Predictor

-- Virtuoso® Digital Implementation

-- SoC Encounter™ System

-- VoltageStorm® Power Verification

About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry.
Source: Cadence (press release)
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