Siemens extends support of multiple IC design solutions for TSMC’s latest processes

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Siemens Digital Industries Software has used the TSMC 2022 Technology Symposium to announce that its ongoing collaboration with TSMC has resulted in new product certifications for several of Siemens’ most advanced toolsets.

Siemens’ Aprisa digital implementation solution has been certified by TSMC for its N5 and N4 advanced process technologies, paving the way for customers to design projects targeting high-volume applications with the fully certified Aprisa technology that supports all design rules and features of TSMC’s latest advanced technologies.

In order to achieve this certification, the Aprisa solution was able to successfully pass a rigorous process that exercised the full physical implementation flow. The Siemens solution passed all signoff criteria, including DRC, LVS, timing, power and power integrity requirements. The Aprisa solution files for N5 and N4 designs will be available from TSMC upon customer request.

The certifications of the Aprisa toolset represent the latest in a series of milestones reflecting Siemens’ strong investment in its Aprisa digital implementation solution to help designers overcome some of the most daunting challenges in today’s integrated circuit designs.

Other Siemens EDA offerings recently certified for TSMC’s latest processes include the Calibre nmPlatform tool, Siemens’ physical verification solution for IC sign-off, as well as the Analog FastSPICE platform, which provides circuit verification for nanometre analogue, radio frequency (RF), mixed-signal, memory, and custom digital circuits.

Both of these Siemens EDA product lines are now certified for TSMC’s advanced N4P and N3E processes. In addition, as part of the custom design reference flow (CDRF) for TSMC’s N3E process, the Analog FastSPICE platform supports Reliability Aware Simulation, which includes aging, real-time self-heating effect and advanced reliability features.

“In certifying the Aprisa, Calibre and Analog FastSPICE toolsets for the foundry’s latest, most advanced processes, TSMC and Siemens are collaborating to help mutual customers meet aggressive time-to-market metrics, while achieving optimal performance, power and area,” said Joe Sawicki, executive vice president, IC-EDA for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Once again, the combined expertise of TSMC and Siemens EDA has provided the global IC design community with joint solutions needed for creating and quickly validating innovative ICs targeting multiple high-growth markets and applications.”

Included in the overall certification of the Calibre platform is Siemens’ Calibre xACT software. This software is now certified for TSMC’s N3E/N4P processes, enabling sign-off parasitic extraction capability for high frequency, high-speed digital and other advanced applications that mutual Siemens and TSMC customers target.

“The successful outcomes of TSMC’s recent collaboration with Siemens EDA help our mutual customers with design solutions benefitting from the significant power reduction and performance boosts of TSMC’s most advanced technologies,” explained Suk Lee, vice president of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “We look forward to continuing our close partnership with Siemens EDA to deliver difference-making technologies that enable our mutual customers to deliver silicon innovations to market more quickly.”