Synopsys' Star-RCXT Delivers 90-nm Parasitic Extraction for Toshiba

6/3/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), the world leader in integrated circuit (IC) design software, announced that Toshiba has standardized on Star-RCXTTM as the parasitic extraction tool for its 90 nanometer TC300 design technology. Star-RCXT's industry-first support for key 90 nanometer extraction capabilities, including in-die process variation, enabled Toshiba to achieve high accuracy and performance for timing sign-off.

"We collaborated with Synopsys to address our advanced 90 nanometer extraction challenges," said Shinichi Imai, general manager of the System LSI Design Division at Toshiba Corporation Semiconductor Company. "During our exhaustive validation, we concluded that Star-RCXT offered the best support for advanced 90 nanometer features, such as in-die process variation and metal fill. In addition, its high accuracy and performance led us to standardize on Star-RCXT for our 90-nanometer TC300 ASIC sign-off flow."

Star-RCXT's support of key 90 nanometer process capabilities includes in-die process variation solutions -- such as selective process biasing and local density effects on thickness - and metal fill. By modeling such advanced silicon process features, Star-RCXT extracts highly accurate RC parasitics to help ensure rapid timing closure and sign-off.

"Support for advanced silicon process features is essential for accurate timing sign-off at the 90 nanometer node," said Antun Domic, senior vice president and general manager, IC Implementation Business Unit at Synopsys. "Toshiba's adoption of Star-RCXT for its 90 nanometer ASIC design flow demonstrates its confidence in the tool's accuracy at the 90 nanometer level."

About Star-RCXT
Star-RCXT provides the extraction backbone used for implementation and sign-off within Synopsys' GalaxyTM Design Platform for full-chip cell-based and transistor-level applications. According to Dataquest, Star-RCXT has been ranked as the number one parasitic extraction tool for the past five years.

About Galaxy Design Platform
The Galaxy Design Platform is an open, integrated design implementation platform with best-in-class tools, enabling advanced IC design. Anchored by Synopsys' industry-leading IC implementation tools and the open MilkywayTM database, the Galaxy Design Platform incorporates consistent timing, signal integrity (SI) analysis, common libraries, delay calculation, and constraints from RTL all the way to silicon. The Galaxy Design Platform significantly reduces design time, decreases integration costs and minimizes the risks inherent in advanced, complex IC design.

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 has offices in more than 60 locations throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. Visit Synopsys online at

Synopsys and the Synopsys logo are registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc., and Galaxy, Milkyway and Star-RCXT are trademarks of Synopsys, Inc.

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