Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform 2009

Synopsys announced the 2009 release of their Galaxy Implementation Platform. Galaxy 2009 delivers 2x faster design implementation and signoff throughput with new multicore performance and multi-corner/multi-mode (MCMM) technologies. Built-in support for multicore processing enables engineers to increase runtime performance using existing compute servers. In additiona, the Galaxy Platform features new MCMM technology providing improved quality of results and faster design closure when using a combined Design Compiler Graphical and IC Compiler flow. The Galaxy 2009 release is available now.

Galaxy 2009 Implementation Platform Highlights

  • Design Compiler: 1.5x faster runtime with four processor cores
  • IC Compiler: 2.5x faster runtime with MCMM using four cores
  • Star-RCXT: 3x faster performance using four cores and 8x faster using 16 cores
  • PrimeTime: 50 percent faster, on average, for typical production flows compared with the previous release — in addition, a faster run mode in PrimeTime ideal for early signal integrity analysis delivers 2x faster runtime, on average.
  • TetraMAX: 3x faster performance with four cores and 6x faster performance with eight cores
  • IC Validator: near-linear scalability with 7x speedup using eight cores and 20x speedup using 25 cores

New MCMM synthesis technology in Design Compiler Graphical, a component of Synopsys’ Eclypse Low Power Solution, supports concurrent optimization for worst-case leakage and timing corners. Design Compiler uses a common multi-scenario definition with IC Compiler. Actual design results have shown 10 percent lower leakage when using MCMM optimization with a combined Design Compiler and IC Compiler flow. PrimeTime’s Distributed Multi-Scenario Analysis (DMSA) capability has been extended to deliver a more comprehensive set of engineering change orders (ECOs) for both setup and hold timing violations, thus minimizing late-stage iterations in the design process.

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