LONDON EDA company Ciranova Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced a multi-year partnership with silicon foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop process design kit (PDK) technology based on Ciranova's PyCell architecture.
The collaboration with TSMC, targeted at 65-nm process technology and below, will be an integral part of TSMC's interoperable PDK development roadmap, Ciranova said.
The objectives of the collaboration are to reduce the time and effort needed for nanometer PDK development, to better optimize PDK devices for ultra-complex design rules, to facilitate creation of sophisticated devices such as spiral inductors and differential pairs, and to optimize run-time performance of PDK devices in system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
PyCells are Ciranova's form of parameterized cells as basic building blocks of analog design implementation. Ciranova interoperable PyCells are a next-generation approach to parameterized cell development for custom IC design. Unlike older PCell approaches, the PyCell architecture is design-rule aware and generates DRC-correct device geometry automatically. PyCells run in any OpenAccess-capable EDA tool, and were selected as the physical foundation for the Interoperable PDK Alliance.
"Ciranova's PyCell technology and advanced architecture provides native support of interoperable PDKs, which are an integral part of our Open Innovation Platform(TM), to facilitate and accelerate designers' innovations in analog and full custom designs," said Fu-Chieh Hsu, vice president of Design & Technology Platform at TSMC. "We are collaborating with Ciranova to develop the industry's first interoperable PDK, a single PDK that supports multiple design environments. We continue to work with Ciranova and the interoperable PDK Library (IPL) Alliance to accelerate the deployment and adoption of interoperable PDK across the industry."
"Every leading-edge SoC company in the world is under pressure to ramp more advanced design kits faster, despite limited time and resources," said Eric Filseth, CEO of Ciranova. "TSMC is the foundry gold standard, and we're excited to be working with them to push the state of the art of PDKs forward."
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