SMIC standardizes on Synopsys StarRC for signoff parasitic extraction
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest semiconductor foundry, has adopted Synopsys Inc.’s StarRC product as its standard solution for signoff parasitic extraction for its 28-nanometer (nm) process technology.
“Continuing to build on the momentum of our 28-nm process technology is a priority for us, and the availability of qualified design tools is critical to support our expanding global customer base,” said Anderson Huang, senior director of technology development at SMIC. “The deployment of StarRC in our 28-nm PDKs bolsters the resources available to our mutual customers through StarRC’s proven silicon accuracy and comprehensive capabilities for both digital and custom designs, allowing them to develop advanced designs with increased confidence and productivity.”
The StarRC product, an integral part of the Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform signoff solution, handles gate-level and transistor-level parasitic extraction. It offers ultra-scalable multi-core architecture, simultaneous multi-corner (SMC) extraction and fast ECO capabilities, while maintaining accuracy. StarRC provides extraction capabilities across a wide range of applications, from 100+ million instance digital system-on-chip (SoC) designs to custom memory, IP, standard cell and analog designs.
Integration with Synopsys IC Compiler II place and route and PrimeTime static timing analysis solutions allows designers to achieve even faster ECO design closure, while reducing disk space and processor core resources. In custom design environments, designers can cross-probe between parasitic and schematic views, annotate schematics with parasitics and perform visual debug. Faster simulation runtimes and reduced disk space resources are realized through optimized extraction tuned for performance. The result of the collaboration between SMIC and Synopsys delivers qualified StarRC technology files in SMIC’s 28-nm PDK that enable mutual customers to use a silicon-accurate and efficient extraction solution for their designs targeting SMIC’s 28-nm node.
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