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NanGate debuts 15nm open source digital cell library

Posted: 02 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NanGate  open source  digital cell library  EDA  FinFET transistor 

NanGate Inc., a provider of design-specific standard cell library IP and EDA tools for layout automation, has rolled out the first edition of a 15nm open cell library (OCL). The company developed the library IP based on North Carolina State University's FreePDK 15nm open-source, non-manufacturable process. Issues concerning designing with FinFET transistors, metal double patterning, advanced interconnect layers and metal gate restrictions are represented in the PDK.

The first release of the 15nm OCL includes a limited set of core cells and views enabling standard EDA RTL-GDSII tool flow. NanGate plans to provide follow-up releases with a larger set of cells as the 15nm FreePDK gets completed. The views provided include: Liberty (.lib) with NLDM, CCS and ECSM models, LEF, Verilog, GDSII, CDL/Spice, HTML datasheet and other industry standard views required to run other EDA tools.

The library was generated using the Library Creator platform, NanGate's comprehensive layout automation solution, which generates optimised layouts by combining advanced transistor synthesis algorithms with two-step layout compaction: structural compaction and layout clean-up (2D compaction).

Access to the library is provided free of charge for Universities and can be downloaded from the NanGate website. Research organisations and companies in the semiconductor industry are provided access at a fee depending on usage.

Other partners in the FreePDK15 alliance are NCSU, Mentor Graphics, ASU and Sage Design Automation.

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