Cadence Collaborates With TSMC to Accelerate 5nm FinFET Innovation, Enabling Next-Generation SoC Production Design


  • Cadence digital, signoff and custom/analog tools achieve latest DRM
    and SPICE certifications, and Cadence IP is enabled for TSMC 5nm
    process technology to advance mobile, HPC, 5G and AI application design
  • Continued collaboration with TSMC resulted in delivery of Cadence
    IP and integrated tools, flows and methodologies that support both
    traditional and cloud-based environments
  • Customers have successfully completed tapeouts using Cadence’s
    tools, flows and IP for full production development on TSMC’s 5nm
    process technology

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#EDAlt;/agt;–Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that it has
collaborated with TSMC to enable customers’ production delivery of
next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) designs for mobile,
high-performance computing (HPC), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI)
applications on TSMC’s 5nm FinFET process technology. As part of the
collaboration, the Cadence® digital, signoff and
custom/analog tools have been certified for Design Rule Manual (DRM) and
SPICE v1.0, and Cadence IP has been enabled for the TSMC 5nm
process. The corresponding process design kits (PDKs) featuring
integrated tools, flows and methodologies are now available for
traditional and cloud-based environments. Additionally, mutual customers
have already completed several tapeouts using Cadence tools, flows and
IP for full production development on the TSMC 5nm process technology.

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5nm Digital and Signoff Tool Certification

Cadence delivered a fully integrated digital implementation and signoff
tool flow, which has been certified on TSMC’s industry-leading 5nm
process that has the benefits of process simplification provided by
extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The Cadence full-flow includes
the Innovus Implementation System, Liberate
Characterization Portfolio, Quantus Extraction Solution,
Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, Voltus IC Power
Integrity Solution and Pegasus Verification System.

The Cadence digital and signoff tools that have been optimized for
TSMC’s 5nm process technology provide EUV support at key layers and
associated new design rules, which enable mutual customers to reduce
iterations and achieve performance, area, and power (PPA) improvements.
Some of the newest enhancements for the 5nm process include
predictive via-pillar-aware synthesis structuring with the Genus
Synthesis Solution as well as a pin-access control routing method for
cell electromigration (EM) handling in the Innovus Implementation System
and Tempus ECO and also statistical EM budgeting analysis support in the
Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution. The newly certified
Pegasus Verification System supports 5nm rule decks for all TSMC
physical verification flows including DRC, LVS and metal fill.

5nm Custom/Analog Tool Certification

The Cadence custom/analog tools certified on TSMC’s industry-leading 5nm
process technology include the Spectre® Accelerated Parallel
Simulator (APS), Spectre eXtensive Partitioning Simulator (XPS), Spectre
RF Option, Spectre Circuit Simulator, Voltus-Fi Custom Power Integrity
Solution, Pegasus Verification System as well as the Virtuoso®
custom IC design platform, which includes the Virtuoso Layout Suite EXL,
Virtuoso Schematic Editor and Virtuoso ADE Product Suite.

The Virtuoso R&D team has an ongoing and rich collaboration with the
Cadence IP Group, developing 5nm mixed-signal IP using a
state-of-the-art custom design methodology built on the latest Virtuoso
design platform. By continually enhancing the design methodologies and
capabilities included with the Virtuoso Advanced-Node and Methodology
Platform for TSMC’s advanced-node processes, including the 5nm process,
customers can achieve better custom physical design throughput versus
traditional non-structured design methodologies.

The new Virtuoso Advanced-Node and Methodology Platform (ICADVM 18.1)
consists of features and functionality required for creating 5nm
designs, which include an accelerated, row-based custom placement and
routing methodology that enables users to improve productivity and
better manage complex design rules. Cadence introduced several new
features that support the 5nm process including stacked gate support,
universal poly grid snapping, area-based rule support, asymmetric
coloring and voltage-dependent rule support, analog cell support and
support for various new devices and design constraints that are part of
TSMC’s 5nm technology offering.

5nm IP Enablement

Cadence is developing a differentiated advanced-node IP portfolio to
support TSMC’s 5nm process, which includes a high-performance memory
subsystem, very high-speed SerDes and high-performance analog to meet
the demands of HPC, machine learning (ML) and 5G base stations. With the
release of TSMC’s 5nm design infrastructure, Cadence and TSMC are
actively engaged with customers and enabling next-generation SoC
development by addressing the latest IP requirements for evolving
application areas.

“TSMC’s 5nm technology offers our customers the industry’s most advanced
technology to address the growing demand for computing power driven by
AI and 5G,” said Suk Lee, TSMC senior director, Design Infrastructure
Management Division. “By collaborating closely with Cadence, we’re
enabling customers to effectively differentiate themselves and deliver
designs to market faster using our latest technologies.”

“We’re continuing to broaden our collaboration with TSMC to facilitate
5nm FinFET adoption, giving customers access to the latest tools and IP
for advanced process design creation,” said Dr. Chin-Chi Teng, senior
vice president and general manager of the Digital & Signoff
Group at Cadence. “Our R&D team has focused heavily on developing new
features and performance improvements so that our digital and signoff
and custom/analog tools and IP can be used with complete confidence,
enabling customers to achieve first-pass silicon success and deliver end
products within aggressive time-to-market schedules.”

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