The latest version of Synopsys PrimeTime static timing analysis (STA) suite features two major improvements. First, the tool now features a flexible multicore processing technology that makes more effective use of both single-core and multicore CPUs. Second, PrimeTime 2008.12 features new runtime optimizations that enables design engineers to run faster full timing and signal integrity (SI) analysis on their large designs early in the implementation process. These improvements work in concert to deliver up to 2X faster runtime.
PrimeTime 2008.12 is available now to all current PrimeTime customers. The latest release includes quad-core licensing as a standard feature. The multicore capability works seamlessly with job scheduling systems such as LSF from Platform Computing Corporation and Grid Computing Solutions from Sun Microsystems.
Synopsys’ multicore capability in PrimeTime 2008.12 helps provide the flexibility to utilize any idle CPU core resource, on any machine in a server farm. This enables multicore acceleration without the multicore machine access time penalty, which means more timing analysis jobs completed faster and more efficiently.
Design teams targeting the latest silicon process technology nodes see a significant productivity benefit when they incorporate SI analysis early in their design implementation phase. Waiting until timing signoff to perform full-chip SI analysis can result in too many violations, introducing a major design closure bottleneck late in the design cycle. New runtime optimizations in the latest PrimeTime release are targeted specifically at making SI analysis of large designs more practical in the earlier phases of design implementation, accelerating signoff closure.
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