MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Synopsys Inc. here said it will make Physical Compiler, its unifiedsynthesis and placement product, widely available to electronics designers starting Monday. The product, which was announced last fall, was initially made available to only a limited number of customers (see Nov. 10, 1999 story).
With eight tape-outs in the last six months, Physical Compiler has proven successful on high-performance design applications including graphics, third-generation (3G) wireless, satellite, and telecommunications, the design automation firm said.
Sanjiv Kaul, vice president and general manager for Synopsys' Physical Synthesis business unit, said the company also wanted to have experienced technical support in place. "With the rate of tape-out successes we have seen, and having trained more than 100 engineers to support the product, it's time to make the product more widely available to all customers."
Customers that have reached rapid timing closure and successful tape-out using Physical Compiler include Matrox Electronic Systems, Nvidia, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments. In all cases, these companies have achieved timing closure in a matter of days versus weeks or months. ASIC vendors IBM, NEC, and STMicroelectronics. have already announced design-kit availability dates for Physical Compiler.
"The tremendous productivity and performance gains that our customers have seen with Physical Compiler have resulted in several multi-million dollar repeat orders," said Sandeep Khanna, senior director of marketing for Synopsys' Physical Synthesis business unit. "Synopsys is working with more than 60 companies to integrate Physical Compiler into their existing design
Physical Synthesis brings key physical design considerations to the frontend of next-generation ASIC and system-on-chip (SoC) designs, allowing RTL designers to achieve high quality area, timing and power quickly. The overall design flow includes Chip Architect design planner, Physical Compiler unified synthesis and placement tool and FlexRoute top-level router. It leverages industry-standard tools like Design Compiler, Module Compiler and PrimeTime. Its proven interfaces to third-party solutions allow it to easily plug into an existing design flow.
Pricing for a single-user, one-year term license begins at $100,000. Support and maintenance options vary and are in addition to the product license.