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Synopsys Speeds Timing Closure With Advanced Signoff-driven ECO Guidance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the immediate  availability of its PrimeTime® ADV solution, a new configuration of its market-leading PrimeTime static timing analysis and signoff product. PrimeTime ADV includes advanced leakage recovery and will incorporate physical-aware signoff-driven engineering change order (ECO) guidance technology, which work in conjunction with the latest innovations for Synopsys' IC Compilerâ„¢ solution to enable the fastest path to timing closure and the lowest leakage power for gigahertz IC design implementation.

Advanced designs using deep submicron process technology, especially those using FD-SOI and 3-D structures, are undergoing an evolution as Moore's law drives device integration, challenging performance and power scalability to keep pace. Chips are packing more and more functionality, leading to high cell utilization complicated by stringent power and margin requirements. These challenges stress the timing closure cycle, leading to more ECO iterations.

"Strong ECO support with tight links between signoff timing and place and route technologies has emerged as a key requirement for our next-generation 28 nm FDSOI designs to achieve timing closure on schedule," said Indavong Vongsavady, director, Central CAD & Design Solutions at STMicroelectronics Technology R&D. "PrimeTime ECO's scalability, with its lightweight infrastructure and its aggressive leakage recovery algorithms, tightly coupled with IC Compiler's versatility to implement the ECO guidance, is the optimal approach for advanced timing closure."

Built on patented PrimeTime ECO technology, the new leakage and physical-aware ECO enhancements are easy to integrate into the existing flow, enabling the fastest ECO cycle in the least number of iterations. With knowledge of the physical environment gained in PrimeTime, improved ECO choices can be made and physical-aware ECO guidance will be provided to the place and route tool. IC Compiler uses enhanced guidance to make more informed placement and routing decisions, and to minimize the physical impact of the ECO, which results in less iterations. Complementing IC Compiler's low power and leakage optimization capabilities, PrimeTime ADV extends leakage recovery to signoff analysis, enabling lower power consumption while preserving signoff timing across multiple mode and process corner scenarios.

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