Date: 15th Jun 2011
Moortec employs Synopsys' tools to tape
out its analog IP
Moortec Semiconductor has taped out its embedded temperature
sensor IP on TSMC's 40LP and 28HP processes using Synopsys'
custom design solution and TSMC's interoperable process
design kits (iPDKs). The CMOS embedded temperature sensor
IP is an analog IP designed for thermal management applications
in advanced-geometry, high-gate-count digital ICs. Moortec
has used Synopsys' Galaxy Custom Designer schematic and
layout editor, HSPICE and CustomSim circuit simulators,
IC Validator/Hercules design rule checking and layout versus
schematic (DRC/LVS) and StarRC extraction tools.
"With shrinking silicon geometries, there is a growing
need for on-chip temperature monitoring to increase IC longevity
and optimize performance. It is important for us to quickly
and reliably develop our temperature sensor IP across multiple
process nodes to meet the increased demand," said Stephen
Crosher, managing director of Moortec Semiconductor. "We
chose Synopsys' custom solution because its advanced capabilities
and streamlined integration provides the productivity and
performance that our engineers need to quickly design and
port the IP between 65-nanometer, 40-nanometer and 28-nanometer
nodes while maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the
Moortec has used Synopsys' Custom Designer solution to
complete the schematic design and layout for custom analog
blocks, the HSPICE circuit simulator for pre-layout simulations
and the CustomSim FastSPICE simulator to verify the extracted
netlists from the StarRC extraction tool. The design was
successfully taped out after final verification signoff
with IC Validator for DRC and LVS.
"Synopsys' custom solution continues to build momentum
both in terms of customer adoption and technology innovation
due to its open environment, integration within the Galaxy
Implementation Platform and foundry iPDK support,"
said Bijan Kiani, vice president of product marketing at
Synopsys. "Customers like Moortec Semiconductor are
realizing higher productivity in creating complex analog
designs at advanced geometries by adopting Synopsys' unified
solution for analog and mixed-signal design."