Synopsys, STMicroelectronics and Samsung to collaborate on adoption of 28nm FD-SOI technology

Synopsys, Inc. today announced it has extended its collaboration with STMicroelectronics to include Samsung Electronics, enabling broader market adoption of ST’s 28nm FD-SOI technology for SoC design. Synopsys’ Galaxy Design Platform is production-proven on multiple designs based on ST’s 28nm FD-SOI technology. This collaboration extends the Galaxy design flow to Samsung in support of their strategic agreement to offer dual sourcing of ST’s 28nm FD-SOI technology. Developed over a multiyear collaboration with ST, the design flow enables concurrent area, power and timing optimizations to enable engineers to optimize their designs for the ST 28nm FD-SOI process.

“The close collaboration between ST design teams and Synopsys led to advanced silicon-proven design enablement solutions that fully leverage the performance and power promise of FD-SOI technology and provide the foundation needed to meet tight time to market windows,” said Philippe Magarshack, executive vice president, Design Enablement and Services, STMicroelectronics. “Our close collaboration with Synopsys has already enabled many successful tapeouts with mutual customers using Synopsys’ Galaxy Design Platform and Lynx Design System.”

The Synopsys design flow for ST’s 28nm FD-SOI is compatible with the Lynx Design System, a full-chip design environment providing innovative automation and visualization capabilities that enable higher designer productivity and faster design closure. A technology plug-in using ST’s 28nm FD-SOI Process Design Kit (PDK), standard cells and memories, adapts the production-proven Galaxy Design Platform-based RTL-to-GDSII flow for 28nm FD-SOI SoC designs, accelerating project setup and execution. Lynx automation simplifies and accelerates many critical implementation and validation tasks, including back-bias management across the flow, special connection checks, In-Design physical verification for well connections and UPF supply set management for N-wells and P-wells.

Galaxy advanced design enablement features like the IC Compiler tool’s concurrent clock and data optimization, layer-aware optimization, physical datapath and comprehensive support for hierarchical and low power design features can also be directly accessed by Lynx users for high-performance and low power CPU and GPU design.

“28nm FD-SOI is an ideal solution for customers looking for extra performance and power efficiency at the 28nm node without having to migrate to 20nm,” said Dr. Shawn Han, vice president of foundry marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Our close collaboration with Synopsys and ST will enable designers to reduce risk, accelerate time-to-market, minimize power and maximize performance to expand 28nm FD-SOI adoption.”

“Because the Galaxy Design Platform is silicon-proven on ST’s 28nm FD-SOI process with multiple tapeouts of low power designs running in the gigahertz frequency range, customers can adopt this technology with confidence,” said Antun Domic, executive vice president and general manager, Design Group at Synopsys. “Combined with the Lynx Design System and DesignWare IP, the Galaxy Design Platform enables engineers to derive maximum benefit from the FD-SOI process and our continued collaboration with ST and Samsung will ensure ease of adoption of FD-SOI for SoC design.”


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