TSMC Interoperable Process Design Kit for 65nm Process

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) released the first interoperable process design kit (iPDK) for advanced technology. The kit is fully validated on TSMC’s 65 nanometer (nm) process. TSMC unified iPDK works across multiple OpenAccess-based EDA design environments, eliminating the need for multiple proprietary PDKs, and enabling full reuse of design data between different custom IC design toolsets. The iPDK initiative is supported by all major EDA vendors including Cadence, Magma, Mentor Graphics, Springsoft, and Synopsys.

TSMC iPDK is based on the OpenAccess database and data model. It features open standard languages, Tcl and Python, for parameterized layout cells, callbacks, and technology files and includes unified views of symbols. The modern and flexible architecture easily accommodates specific customizations, future feature extensions and advanced and differentiated development. Customers will be able to extend the iPDK in the languages supported by the custom design tools of their choice. The iPDK also includes SKILL callbacks and component description format (CDF) files to provide compatibility with current OpenAccess-based PDKs and Cadence IC6.1 environment.

The new TSMC iPDK’s single interoperable data model and highly productive development infrastructure enables new iPDKs to be developed quickly and with consistent quality, and be available earlier for advanced process technology nodes. TSMC iPDK’s interoperability with multiple EDA tools and design flows remove design tool and flow adoption barrier, and offer customers more choices of design tools. The result is faster adoption of tools and flow that accelerate time-to-design-start for custom analog, mixed signal and RF designs.

TSMC iPDK unified data model on industry-standard OpenAccess database enables design reuse that is not possible with multiple proprietary PDKs and design databases. It eliminates duplicate PDK development efforts, significantly reduces PDK development, validation and support costs across the design ecosystem, and promotes innovation in analog and full custom design.

The TSMC 65nm iPDK will be available this month in limited release and at no charge to selected customers. General release to other customers is targeted for Q4 2009.

More info: TSMC