Sunnyvale, CA--October 21, 1996--Avant! Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the availability of Hercules 2.0, the industry's only production-proven hierarchical physical verification system that addresses the special challenges of deep submicron integrated circuit design.
Hercules' new distributed processing capability allows designers to take advantage of multi-CPU or multiple machines on a computer network to reduce runtime by a factor of three or more depending on the computer network configuration. The new "checkpoint and restart" capability allows related verification processes (for example, design rule (DRC) and layout versus schematic (LVS) checks), to share common operations.
Hercules 2.0 has a new programming environment for the industry-standard Scheme language. Device and parameter extraction and comparison can be flexibly controlled to accommodate complex design rules. Designers are also given the flexibility to define and compare user properties for devices using Scheme, making the system ideal for deep submicron designs. Complex design rules can be analyzed with a single operation that otherwise would require a complex set of operations. Hercules 2.0 is optimized for deep submicron manufacturing and electrical rules to reduce CPU runtime, memory requirements, and disk usage.
Hercules 2.0 includes hierarchical DRC, LVS, and Hercules Explorer, an advanced graphical debugging environment used to debug DRC and LVS errors. Hercules provides a single environment for cell-level, block-level, and full-chip verification.
Hercules 2.0 is available immediately on Unix workstations.
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