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Magma tools verify TSMC's 28nm PQV chip test

Posted: 12 Aug 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:physical verification software  28nm PQV test chip  Quartz DRC 

Magma Design Automation Inc.'s physical verification softwareQuartz DRC has delivered sign-off accuracy for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd's (TSMC) 28nm product qualification vehicle (PQV) test chip in the required turnaround time and capacity.

PQVs are representative of design data customers will use in production designs. By designing and manufacturing the PQV test chip, TSMC offers its customers greater confidence in achieving silicon success in its 28nm processes.

TSMC selected Quartz DRC because it provides the turnaround time and capacity needed for 28nm designs while meeting TSMC's rigorous accuracy requirements. Quartz DRC efficiently handled the test chip's massive volume of data. Quartz DRC provided sign-off accuracy on the design which contained blocks routed by Magma's Talus digital implementation platform.

"At 28nm and below, design rule complexity explodes," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "TSMC's decision to use Magma's physical verification software on this PQV is an important milestone validating Quartz DRC's capacity and speed for leading-edge technologies."

"TSMC maintains its market and technology leadership by being first to develop and validate the most advanced process technologies," said S.T. Juang, senior director of Design Infrastructure Marketing at TSMC. "Quartz DRC's turnaround time and ability to handle large amounts of data has allowed us to validate our 28nm process quickly, allowing our customers to start using the process sooner."

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