TSMC and Cadence Collaborate on 65-Nanometer Design Flow for Wireless DesignsCollaboration Combines TSMC Process Technology and Cadence Analog and RF Methodology for Successful RF/SoC DesignSAN JOSE, Calif. and HSIN-CHU, Taiwan, 26 Jun 2007
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (NYSE:TSM) today announced that a technology collaboration focusing on nanometer wireless design has produced a new TSMC 65-nanometer RF process design kit (PDK) compatible with the new Cadence® Virtuoso® custom design platform, and downloadable RF, analog and mixed-signal (RF and AMS) design-flow demonstration packages for wireless designers. The new PDK and the Cadence best-in-class design methodologies provide all the foundation necessary to jumpstart a wireless system-on-chip (SoC) design using industry-leading process technology.
"With this collaboration, wireless chip designers now have a comprehensive set of interoperable design tools, methodologies and process technologies necessary to achieve shorter, more predictable design cycles for highly integrated, 65-nanometer RF and AMS designs," said Kuo Wu, deputy director of Design Service Marketing at TSMC. "The combination of TSMC process technology and libraries and Cadence design flow provides a full, end-to-end solution for designers of wireless SoCs."
The new TSMC 65-nanometer RF PDK and Cadence RF and analog design flow support the Cadence Virtuoso IC design platform. Representative blocks from the Cadence AMS Methodology Kit and Cadence RF Design Methodology Kit have been validated through the Cadence RF/AMS simulation environment, and are compatible with TSMC’s PDK in 65-nanometer technology. The RF and AMS design-flow demonstration packages are a part of the continuous collaboration between the two companies, to build and enhance comprehensive design infrastructures. Together, Cadence and TSMC focus on enabling support for designers of advanced SoCs, such as wireless and networking devices, which use analog, mixed-signal and RF technology in addition to digital content.
The demonstration packages contain TSMC 65-nanometer RF-enabled design examples for RF and AMS block creation, application notes and methodology documentation, and a design example-circuit database with complete execution scripts and flow, covering simulation, design creation and analysis, allowing designers to observe the complete flow in an actual design. The new Virtuoso IC based 65-nanometer RF PDK and TSMC’s Nexsys™ 65-nanometer LP standard cell library are both downloadable from the TSMC Web site.
"Both Cadence and TSMC recognize that collaboration on projects such as the 65-nanometer wireless design-flow demonstration package result in more holistic solutions that benefit the design community. In this effort, we’re enabling designers in the wireless segment to improve the quality and predictability of advanced SoC designs," said George Kuo, group director of industry alliances at Cadence. "We are looking forward to continuing this technology collaboration and strengthening methodologies for application-specific design."
Designers can access the demonstration package from Cadence Web site starting July 1st, 2007.
TSMC is the world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, providing the industry’s leading process technology and the foundry industry’s largest portfolio of process-proven libraries, IP and design tools and reference flows. The Company’s total managed capacity in 2006 exceeded seven million (8-inch equivalent) wafers, including capacity from two advanced 12-inch Gigafabs, four eight-inch fabs, one six-inch fab, as well as TSMC’s wholly owned subsidiaries, WaferTech and TSMC (Shanghai), and its joint venture fab, SSMC. TSMC is the first foundry to provide 65-nanometer production capabilities. Its corporate headquarters are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. For more information about TSMC please see http://www.tsmc.com
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