Synopsys Debuts Galaxy Implementation for TSMC 16nm FinFET Reference Flow

Synopsys introduced a comprehensive design implementation solution for TSMC’s 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET reference flow. The jointly developed reference flow is built on tool certification currently in TSMC’s V0.5 Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE. The collaboration between the two companies has resulted in a comprehensive FinFET implementation flow that can be deployed for production use by mutual customers.

Synopsys’ Galaxy Implementation Platform provides tools and methodology support for TSMC’s 16-nm Reference Flow:

  • IC Compiler
    Advanced technology supports 16nm FinFET quantized rules, FinFET grid rules and advanced optimization methodology including PBA vs GBA timing correlation and low voltage analysis to achieve optimal performance, power and area
  • IC Validator
    DRC and DPT rule compliance check verifying FinFET parameters including fin boundary rules and expanding dummy cells
  • PrimeTime
    Advanced waveform-propagation delay calculation delivers golden STA signoff accuracy required for FinFET processes
  • StarRC
    Pioneering “real profile,” FinFET device modeling provides the most precise middle-end-of-line (MEOL) parasitic extraction for accurate transistor-level analysis

TSMC and Synopsys will continue to collaborate on tool sets for 16-nm FinFET V1.0 certification. The collaboration covers device modeling and parasitic extraction, place and route (P&R), custom design, static timing analysis (STA), circuit simulation, rail analysis, and physical and transistor verification technologies included in Synopsys’ Galaxy Implementation Platform. SoC design teams can use the silicon-proven, project-ready solution to implement FinFET-based designs, and together with the reference flow, early adopters of the TSMC 16-nm process will realize the potential of FinFET technology to develop faster, more power-efficient designs.

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