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Secure Environment on the Cloud for IC Design

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A collaboration has been announced by Synopsys, with Samsung Foundry to provide a secure, scalable cloud-based IC design and verification environment on the Synopsys Cloud Solution for designers using Samsung Foundry’s cutting-edge process technology.

The Synopsys Cloud Solution provides optimized and proven infrastructure and services to enable IC design and verification teams to take full advantage of the benefits of the cloud from major public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as Synopsys-hosted infrastructure.

This collaboration enables system-on-chip (SoC) teams to design in the cloud using Synopsys EDA tools and IP, and Samsung Foundry’s process technology. As part of this collaboration, Samsung Foundry was able to accelerate the development of its 7-nanometer (nm) Ultra-High Density Standard Cell libraries, leveraging Synopsys’ SiliconSmart characterization solution on the cloud.

Jung Yun Choi, Vice President of Design Technology Team at Samsung Electronics, stated: “As a leading provider of advanced-node foundry services, we strive to enable our customers to securely design in the cloud. We have collaborated extensively with Synopsys to certify both the security and performance of the Synopsys Cloud Solution.

“Based on this cloud solution, we successfully deployed Synopsys’ SiliconSmart solution on the Synopsys-managed cloud infrastructure to accelerate characterization of our 7LPP standard cell library about 30 percent, shortening from three months down to two months.”

The Synopsys DesignWare IP group has used this cloud solution with Synopsys’ IC Validator physical verification solution to accelerate the tapeout of the DesignWare USB 3.1 PHY IP, incorporating the DesignWare High-Density Logic Library on Samsung’s 7-nm low-power process to meet critical project schedules.

The Synopsys Cloud Solution provides optimized infrastructure with security protections and services to enable IC design and verification teams to take full advantage of the benefits of the cloud. Built for EDA workloads, the Synopsys-managed cloud solution supports compute infrastructures from major public cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as Synopsys-hosted infrastructure.

The Synopsys Cloud Solution includes:

  • Support for complete EDA design flows, including cloud-optimized products that exploit the scalability of cloud infrastructures.
  • A range of services for EDA environments in the cloud, such as setup, configuration, on-boarding, tools, and license installation to provide fully-integrated tools to handle diverse/complex EDA workflows.
  • Synopsys ZeBu Cloud services, providing access to an emulation system in a fully-managed cloud-based model.

Hasmukh Ranjan, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Synopsys, added: “Through our continued collaboration with Samsung Foundry, we have enabled the ecosystem and designers to take full advantage of the Samsung Foundry process as well as Synopsys products, while gaining the advantages offered by cloud computing. Our cloud collaboration has delivered a robust and secure environment to leverage cloud capabilities to accelerate SoC IC design and verification schedules.”

Source Synopsys

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