TSMC - Synopsys Collaboration   

Collaborate to Innovate   

TSMC, a leading semiconductor foundry providing the industry's leading process technology and a large portfolio of process-proven library, IP, design tools and reference flows, and Synopsys, the technology leader for complex IC design, have teamed together to drive solution for the next generation design challenges from 65nm to 16nm FinFET.

Read our joint white paper on 16nm FinFET enablement.

Synopsys has a long-standing collaboration with TSMC and a common commitment to provide designers with the best IP, tools, design flows, and process technologies. Our work with TSMC helps ensure that the Synopsys design platforms provide designers a smooth and efficient path to TSMC technology. Additionally, the inclusion of TSMC's standard cell, IO, and memory libraries, with the complex blocks already available from Synopsys, helps ensure consistency and improves the overall quality and value of the complete set of products to allow design of today's complex SOCs.

Customer Benefits:

Seamless Design Flows
Synopsys Delivers Comprehensive Design Implementation for TSMC's 16nm FinFET Reference Flow
With the evolution of process technologies, TSMC and Synopsys have anticipated the design challenges for each new process technology generation and have identified new design implementation issues. To help designers work within increasing technical constraints and stricter product requirements, we pay special attention to the following new technical issues:

  • Advanced Low-Power Design
  • Enhanced Timing and Statistical Design
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
  • In-Design Technology
  • 3DIC Support
  • Analog/mixed-signal Support

Synopsys and TSMC also offer a joint custom design reference flow.

DesignWare TSMC Libraries and IP
Synopsys provides a comprehensive portfolio of DesignWare Embedded SRAMs, Logic Libraries and IP for TSMC users ranging from 250nm to 20nm process nodes. Under a foundry-sponsored licensing and distribution model, Front-End Design Kits for TSMC's 110nm CIS (CMOS Image Sensor) process and 80nm GC (General Consumer) process are available for use to mutual customers.

Design Services Partnership
Synopsys Professional Services has created an integrated flow with best-in-class technology providers that enable us to offer a comprehensive set of chip development services.

Library Distribution
TSMC's libraries are distributed by Synopsys. This collaboration provides, at no additional cost, more than 25,000 DesignWare Library users, access to standard cell and I/O libraries created by TSMC and optimized for the company's 150nm to 20nm NexsysSM Technology. In addition, Synopsys also supports TSMC 90, 65, 40 and 20nm memory compilers.