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Synopsys offers unified mixed-signal solution for custom design

Posted: 24 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:custom design  mixed-signal  physical verification  simulation 

Galaxy Custom Designer

Synopsys, Inc. enters the mixed-signal implementation market with the Galaxy Custom Designer, which provides a unified solution for custom and digital designs to enhance designer efficiency. The tool leverages Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform, delivering a familiar user interface while integrating a common use model for simulation, analysis, parasitic extraction and physical verification. According to the company, it is the first-ever implementation solution built natively on the OpenAccess database for legacy designs, as well as a new componentised infrastructure offering unprecedented openness and interoperability with process design kits (PDKs) from leading foundries.

"Our customers have long requested a modern alternative to the custom design solutions currently on the market," said Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys. "By starting with a state-of-the-art, open architecture and tightly coupling it to the Galaxy Design Platform as well as our analogue/mixed-signal verification and IP solutions, Synopsys aims to do for custom design what we have done for digital implementation."

�Synopsys� announcement of Galaxy Custom Designer represents a significant milestone for the VLSI industry and particularly for India. In today�s modern analogue and mixed-signal designs where we observe high interdependence of custom analogue and digital functions, mainstream analog IP usage, and a rise in the embedded memory, Synopsys Galaxy Custom Designer caters to the needs of designers,� said Subhash Bal, country director of Synopsys India. �Galaxy Custom Designer involved Synopsys India�s engineering expertise for both the development of the interoperable Process Development Kits (iPDK) and for the various customer interactions. By making these manufacturing PDKs interoperable, we open the market as the catalyst for custom analogue and digital market growth in India,� he added.

In addition to facilitating innovation with the open architecture, Galaxy Custom Designer enhances productivity by bridging the gap between the historically disparate worlds of digital and custom design, according to Synopsys. It enables complete data transparency with Synopsys' IC Compiler physical implementation solution, allowing the exchange of vital information during floorplanning, placement, routing and final chip editing to reduce time-consuming design iterations.

Key modules include a schematic editor featuring on-canvas editing and dynamic net highlighting. The simulation environment provides a common use model allowing access to Synopsys simulators, including HSPICE, HSIM XA, NanoSim XA and WaveView Analyzer. The layout editor features a real-time preview of P-Cell parameter changes. In addition, the results from Hercules DRC/LVS and Star-RCXT parasitic extraction are dynamically available within Galaxy Custom Designer.

Galaxy Custom Designer is available now.

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