SAN FRANCISCO Synopsys Inc. said Tuesday (July 12) that its Galaxy design platform and design-for-manufacturing (DFM) tool suite support the entire Open Artwork System Interchange Standard (Oasis) file transfer format with all current production releases.
Synopsys said all its relevant software, including Astro, IC Compiler, CATS, Hercules, Proteus, SiVL and Star-RCXT now support Oasis.
Oasis, developed by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)'s datapath task force in 2003, is billed as a replacement for the semiconductor industry's GDSII file format. It claims to be 10 to 50 times more compact and more efficiently able to represent flat data than its predecessor.
Tom Grebinksi, who led the SEMI datapath task force development and is now president and CEO of Oasis Tooling, said in a statement issued by Synopsys Tuesday that the industry is at a key transition point where GDSII can no longer adequately represent geometric design and mask layout data.
"High-performance, Oasis-compliant and interoperable MDP tools, such as those introduced here by Synopsys, become critical and timely for the replacement of GDSII tools," Grebinksi said.
Synopsys was an early participant in the task force that defined and developed GDSII.