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TSMC, Ciranova team up on advanced design kits

Posted: 26 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design kits  PyCell  65nm process  interoperable PDK 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd and Ciranova Inc. have entered into a multi-year strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of advanced Process Design Kit (PDK) technology based on Ciranova's PyCell architecture. The results of the collaboration, targeted at 65nm process technology and below, will be an integral part of TSMC's interoperable PDK development roadmap.

Custom and analogue design productivity has become a major issue at advanced process nodes, and PDK development and availability are a key bottleneck in new process technology adoption. The objectives of the collaboration are to reduce the time and effort needed for nanometer PDK development to better optimise PDK devices for ultra-complex design rules, to facilitate creation of sophisticated devices such as spiral inductors and differential pairs, and to optimise runtime performance of PDK devices in SoC designs.

"Ciranova's PyCell technology and advanced architecture provides native support of interoperable PDKs, which are an integral part of our Open Innovation Platform, to facilitate and accelerate designers' innovations in analogue and full custom designs," said Fu-Chieh Hsu, VP of design and technology platform at TSMC. "We are collaborating with Ciranova to develop the industry's first interoperable PDK, a single PDK that supports multiple design environments. We continue to work with Ciranova and the interoperable PDK Library Alliance to accelerate the deployment and adoption of interoperable PDK across the industry."

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