Synopsys Teams With TSMC For 90 Nanometer Technology

9/12/2002 - Synopsys, the technology leader for complex integrated circuit (IC) design, announced that HerculesTM, the industry's trusted physical verification solution, now provides design rule check (DRC) rule files for TSMC's Nexsys 90 nanometer process technology. Through a collaborative effort with Synopsys' physical verification specialists, TSMC design services engineers have developed Hercules rule files for DRC and layout versus schematic (LVS) checking. These rule files enable designers to verify their designs quickly and easily for TSMC's most advanced process technology.

"Hercules runsets for 90 nanometer and other TSMC processes are developed using our double-blind quality assurance procedure, the most rigorous quality standards in the foundry industry," said Ed Chen, director of design services marketing at TSMC. "Hercules offers very comprehensive rule checking which provides designers with highly manufacturable designs."

For over a decade, Hercules has been trusted to perform comprehensive hierarchical physical verification including design rule checking (DRC), electrical rule checking (ERC), and layout versus schematic (LVS) verification for the largest and most complex microprocessors, ASICs and DRAMS. Hercules is integrated with AstroTM through the MilkywayTM database, which enables customers to verify their designs hierarchically throughout the flow, as well as at final sign-off. The close integration between the two tools enables 'correct by construction' design and reduces time-to-market by enabling engineers to detect problems early in the design process.

"This collaboration with TSMC highlights our experience in partnering with leading-edge foundries and supporting their latest process capabilities," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager for the Nanometer Analysis and Test (NAT) business unit at Synopsys. "The availability of Hercules rule files for 90 nanometer process technology reinforces Synopsys' commitment to providing customers with a solution which maintains design integrity for even the most advanced designs."

About Synopsys (
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., creates leading electronic design automation (EDA) tools for the global electronics market. The company delivers advanced design technologies and solutions to developers of complex integrated circuits, electronic systems, and systems-on-a-chip. Synopsys also provides consulting and support services to simplify the overall IC design process and accelerate time to market for its customers.

Synopsys and the Synopsys logo are registered trademarks and Astro, Hercules, and Milkyway are trademarks of Synopsys, Inc.

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