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HSPICE helps SMIC halve simulation runtime

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Jun 4, 2009

SMIC has adopted Synopsys's HSPICE circuit simulator and Waveview Analyzer for design and verification of its 65 and 45nm IP blocks, I/O circuitry and standard cell-characterisation flows.

The HSPICE circuit simulator has allowed SMIC to cut simulation runtime in half with improved silicon correlation over its existing solution.

Paul Ouyang, vice-president of Design Services at SMIC, said: 'Waveview Analyzer significantly improved our verification productivity by delivering an easy-to-use, feature-rich and high-performance waveform analysis solution.

'We are now able to instantly render large waveforms and run automatic specification verification functions.' Graham Etchells, director of marketing for the analogue mixed-signal group at Synopsys, said: 'The 2009.03 release of HSPICE delivers further simulation-speed improvements on both single- and multicore computer hardware while maintaining the same trusted silicon-accurate results.

'Continuing innovations in HSPICE, Waveview Analyzer and other AMS circuit-simulation solutions enable foundries worldwide to accelerate development of advanced process-nodes.' The HSPICE gives foundry-certified MOS device models excellent simulation and analysis algorithms.

HSPICE is an integral component of Synopsys's Discovery Verification Platform, which offers high-performance functional and mixed-signal verification to enable designers to achieve high-throughput and accuracy for complex mixed-signal system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

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