September 30, 2008 -- Synopsys, Inc. has announced the availability of IC Compiler 2008.09, delivering a dramatic boost in IC designer productivity. The latest release features faster runtimes across the board, leading to a 2X to 3X speed-up in overall turnaround time. This release also introduces new technology that speeds design closure including improved timing, variation-aware clock-tree synthesis, lower power, enhanced DFM, and signoff-quality incremental design- rule checking. With this release, the recently-announced Zroute technology delivering a 10-fold speed-up in routing is now available as a standard feature to all IC Compiler customers.
Compared to the prior release (2007.03), the new IC Compiler 2008.09 release has demonstrated an average speed-up of 2X across a broad set of customer designs. A total of 3X speed-up may be achieved by enabling multi-threading on quad-core machines that are commonly used in the IC Compiler customer base. Synopsys has observed even higher speed-up in select customer cases through methodology review and optimization.
Key technologies leading to the increase in speed include enhanced placement optimization, faster signal- integrity closure and hold-time fixing, faster multi-corner/ multi-mode, improvements in multi-threaded placement and the newly-released Zroute technology. IC Compiler 2008.09 further speeds up design closure by introducing a number of new and enhanced technologies. Clock tree synthesis now includes concurrent multi-corner optimization and new low-power techniques. A new clock-mesh capability is included to generate variation-tolerant clock structures. New DFM capabilities include via-minimization, redundant via optimization and lithography-friendly routing. Signoff quality design-rule-checking using foundry run-sets can now be invoked from inside IC Compiler to perform incremental area-based checking, helping reduce turnaround time from hours to minutes.
IC Compiler 2008.09 is available to all current customers now. The release includes a quad-core license of Zroute technology as a standard feature. Many of the enhancements in 2008.09 are also available in the latest service-pack of the current release for those customers who are unable to immediately consider a platform change.
Go to the Synopsys, Inc. website to find additional information.