Synopsys Develops Silicon Libraries for Chartered's 90nm Process

9/19/2003 - Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT and SGX-ST: Chartered), one of the world's top three dedicated semiconductor foundries, and Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), the world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Synopsys has developed silicon libraries for Chartered's NanoAccessTM 90 nanometer (nm) system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturing technologies. In addition, the two companies are qualifying chip design tool flows for the NanoAccess 90nm process. In concert with this effort, Synopsys has joined Chartered's NanoAccess Alliance, which is aimed at accelerating development and reducing the risk of nanometer-scale integrated circuits (ICs) and SoC devices for fabless and fab-lite chip companies.

The 90nm libraries consist of standard cells, I/O components and memory compilers, and are optimized for Synopsys' GalaxyTM design and DiscoveryTM verification platforms. The Synopsys offering features multiple standard cell libraries characterized for multiple voltage thresholds, as well as new signal integrity and power management design views. These capabilities enable designers to effectively target the performance and power requirements of their products in silicon. Advanced chip design is further supported with run-set and technology files optimized for Chartered's 90nm process and Synopsys' industry-leading IC physical design tools, including HerculesTM and Star-RCXTTM. The two companies have also begun validation of a joint 90nm reference design flow.

"Companies are depending on Chartered and Synopsys, as key players in the semiconductor supply chain, to provide more of the design solution for leading-edge technologies," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of worldwide marketing and services at Chartered. "We're setting the foundry standard for 90nm with a design platform that supports one of the most popular customer-owned tooling design flows and uses common third-party libraries instead of proprietary foundry offerings to ensure design portability. This means companies can choose Chartered as their manufacturing partner and also implement multi-sourcing strategies as needed."

"Synopsys is dedicated to working with leading foundries to ensure chip designers of a smooth path to silicon," said Rich Goldman, vice president of Strategic Market Development at Synopsys. "Chartered and Synopsys are long-term partners in the qualification of physical verification tools and library development. We have worked to provide our mutual customers with early, unrestricted access to the libraries that they need to design with Chartered's leading-edge technologies. Our joint efforts at 90nm forge an even tighter link between process libraries and tools."

Synopsys is an inaugural member of Chartered's NanoAccess Alliance and joins an extensive ecosystem of industry-leading library, electronic design automation, intellectual property, and outsourced design and manufacturing services companies. The NanoAccess Alliance brings together critical SoC technologies and services with Chartered's NanoAccess semiconductor manufacturing processes for 90nm and beyond. Chartered and the NanoAccess Alliance companies promote access to open design solutions that allow foundry customers more control over their leading-edge design and manufacturing options.

The production releases of 90nm libraries, Hercules run-set files and Star-RCXT technology files are anticipated in the first calendar quarter of 2004. Early adopters can immediately leverage functional and timing views to characterize the performance of critical design elements. The 90nm offering augments Synopsys libraries available today for Chartered's processes from 0.35 micron to 0.13 micron.

About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world's top three dedicated semiconductor foundries, is forging a customized approach to outsourced semiconductor manufacturing by building lasting and collaborative partnerships with its customers. The Company provides flexible and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for customers, enabling the convergence of communications, computing and consumer markets. In Singapore, Chartered operates five fabrication facilities and has a sixth fab, which will be developed as a 300mm facility.

A company with both global presence and perspective, Chartered is traded on both the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: CHRT) and on the Singapore Exchange (SGX-ST: CHARTERED). Chartered's 3,500 employees are based at 11 locations around the world. Information about Chartered can be found at

About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software for semiconductor design. The company delivers technology-leading semiconductor 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

Discovery, Galaxy, Hercules and Star-RCXT are trademarks of Synopsys, Inc. NanoAccess is a trademark of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing.

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