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Synopsys suite improves signal integrity analysis

Posted: 29 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PrimeTime suite  static timing  signal integrity analysis 

Synopsys Inc. has announced that the 2007.12 release of its PrimeTime suite has set a new performance standard for both static timing and signal integrity analysis, accelerating turnaround time and design closure for today's nanometer designs.

Broad improvements in design data reading and linking, intelligent disk caching, incremental timing updates and fine tuning of algorithms have resulted in an average 2x runtime improvement and 33 per cent memory reduction over the 2006.12 release while maintaining golden signoff accuracy. These out-of-the-box performance improvements have been confirmed on a variety of designs ranging in size from 10 lakh to 4 crore instances from customers such as Advanced Micro Devices, RMI Corp. and several other semiconductor companies.

"As a leading provider of complex SoCs for digital consumer, wireless, networking and security markets, RMI must adhere to very aggressive design schedules to meet our market windows," said Ramon Macias, director of physical design at RMI. "Using the 2007.12 release, the runtime for the PrimeTime SI tool dropped from 3hrs to 1hr. More importantly, the time taken to load the design netlist and parasitics was reduced from 1hr to 5mins, allowing us to use the PrimeTime application interactively rather than reverting to a save session. This productivity boost enables us to analyse multiple engineering changes in the length of time previously required for a single iteration."

"Synopsys continues to provide industry leadership by setting a new standard for performance and capacity in our gold-standard PrimeTime signoff solution," said Robert Hoogenstryd, director of marketing for design analysis and signoff at Synopsys. "These latest enhancements build on the PrimeTime suite's ability to deliver the advanced static timing and signal integrity analysis that is essential to all design flows, while helping today's designers keep pace with Moore's law."

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