SMIC Selects Synopsys Hercules for Layout Verification and Production Sign-Off

3/26/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), the first pure-play commercial 8-inch advanced IC foundry in China, jointly announced that SMIC has selected Synopsys' Hercules® as one of its tools for layout verification and sign-off of its latest process technologies. Customers can also rely on Hercules during the design cycle, since the same tool is being used at SMIC for final production sign-off.

"Many of our customers are designing chips for the most common applications, including PC's, cell phones and games," says James Sung, vice president of SMIC's Marketing and Sales. "We must be able to deliver a cost-effective solution, quickly, to meet their product delivery windows. We trust Hercules' comprehensive feature-set and performance to quickly achieve sign-off for our latest process technologies."

As part of Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform, which was recently selected by SMIC as one of its preferred reference flows, Hercules provides customers a flexible, lower-risk environment, ensuring faster time-to-volume. Hercules' ability to verify the most advanced process requirements, coupled with its combined distributed processing and multi-threading capabilities, demonstrates its ability to continually address the latest design and manufacturing demands for complexity and performance.

"Synopsys is focusing on design for manufacturing challenges and investing in solutions, such as Hercules, to address the major production issues of deep micron processes," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager for Synopsys' NAT business unit. "For over a decade, Hercules has been used at major semiconductor companies around the world. Now, through our significant research and development investments in China, we are recognized by major foundries such as SMIC."

About SMIC
SMIC is the first pure-play advanced IC foundry in China to achieve volume production for 8-inch wafers at 0.25 micron, 0.18 micron and finer line technologies. Established in April 2000, SMIC is a Cayman Islands company based in Shanghai. The foundry provides customers with a full range of services that include: design services, mask manufacturing, wafer fabrication as well as testing capabilities. For more information, please visit

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for integrated circuit (IC) design. The company delivers technology-leading IC design and verification platforms to the global electronics market, enabling the development of complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). Synopsys also provides intellectual property and design services to simplify the design process and accelerate time-to-market for its customers. Synopsys is headquartered in Mountain View, California and is located in more than 60 offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys is a registered trademark and Hercules is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc.

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