Synopsys is offering 20nm process technology support for the TSMC 20nm Reference flow. The 20nm process offers measurable power, performance and area benefits. TSMC and Synopsys have collaborated closely from the very early stages of 20 nanometer process development to address the challenges of 20nm design. The results of this collaboration will help designers maximize the benefits of the 20nm process to deliver the designs predictably and on time.
Mentor Graphics rolled out version 9.4 of their PADS PCB design tools. PADS v9.4 release provides engineers with the critical technologies required for today’s complex PCB designs. The completely integrated and scalable PADS 9.4 flow addresses high-speed, thermal, manufacturing prep, signal and power integrity, and FPGA to PCB optimizations. The PADS 9.4 software includes new associated nets functionality, which reduces design time and helps designers easily define high-speed associated nets, assign constraints, and be assured that they will be routed to those rules.