Synopsys Discovers Simulation Solution for Mixed-Signal Verification

9/24/2003 - Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), the world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the availability of DiscoveryTM AMS, a new and comprehensive simulation solution that delivers significant productivity improvements for analog and mixed-signal verification. With Discovery AMS, designers can now, for the first time, create their entire design with Accellera’s Verilog-AMS language, launch all simulations from a single integrated control environment, and efficiently use parasitic data for post-layout analysis. Built upon VCSTM MX, NanoSimTM and HSPICE®, Discovery AMS delivers superior performance, capacity and accuracy for mixed-signal simulation compared to SPICE based solutions.

“Today our SoC chips contain large analog and digital circuits as well as embedded memory blocks. It is critical for us to verify such complexities accurately and in the shortest possible time to meet our tight development schedules,” said Tamotsu Hiwatashi, senior manager, Planning Department, System LSI Design Division, Toshiba Corporation. “We adopted Synopsys' Discovery AMS for its comprehensive support of the analog mixed-signal language, HSPICE accuracy and its high capacity and performance for full-chip verification. Discovery AMS reduces our simulation time by orders of magnitude over previous methods.”

Discovery AMS offers a built-in simulation control engine that provides intuitive design partitioning, a single engine to launch simulation runs and a unified display of both analog and digital signals. This provides designers the flexibility, capacity and accuracy required during the design and verification phases. HSPICE, with foundry-certified device models, offers the simulation accuracy required when used with VCS during the design phase. NanoSim, the industry-proven high-performance fast SPICE simulator, coupled with VCS delivers unmatched simulation throughput during the verification phase. Discovery AMS is tightly integrated with Synopsys’ industry-leading Star-RCXTTM parasitic extraction solution to provide an efficient, hierarchical post-layout parasitic extraction and simulation flow. This seamless integration provides significant performance advantages over traditional methods for post layout simulation.

“Discovery AMS brings together industry-leading simulation engines to become an integrated verification solution,” said Bijan Kiani, vice president of marketing, Analog Mixed-Signal group at Synopsys. “Discovery AMS is tightly integrated with Star-RCXT for efficient use of parasitic data, enabling our customers to meet their toughest mixed-signal verification objectives. Synopsys worked with leading edge analog mixed-signal customers including Toshiba to provide further validation of our solution in this increasingly critical area.”

Synopsys Discovery Verification Platform
The Discovery Verification Platform is a unified environment that provides high performance and efficiency of interaction among all platform components, including mixed-HDL simulation, mixed-signal, system-level verification, assertions, verification intellectual property, code coverage, functional coverage, testbenches and formal analysis. Combined with SystemVerilog and Synopsys’ design-for-verification methodology, the Discovery Verification Platform helps designers achieve higher levels of verification productivity by contributing to first-time silicon success within required project cycles.

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

Synopsys, Discovery, NanoSim, Star-RCXT, and VCS are trademarks and HSPICE is a registered trademarks of Synopsys, Inc.

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