Synopsys Releases Design Compiler NXT
March 13, 2019
Design Compiler NXT is the latest innovation in the Design Compiler
family of RTL synthesis products. Early adopters have deployed the new
technologies in their design flows and are realizing faster runtimes and
very tight correlation with Synopsys' IC Compilerô II place-and-route
system, leading to shorter, more convergent design cycles. In addition,
power and timing quality of results (QoR) improvements are enabling them
to develop more competitive products for markets such as artificial
intelligence (AI), 5G, and autonomous transportation.
"Increasing product complexity and performance targets are driving AMD's
need for predictable and efficient design flows that can enable
high-performance designs. To help achieve these goals, we are
collaborating with Synopsys on new technologies designed to accurately
estimate RC and timing in synthesis and help improve prediction of
place-and-route results," said Rajit Seahra, senior fellow of physical
design methodology at AMD. "With Synopsys Design Compiler NXT, we are
beginning to see significant improvement in RC and timing correlation to
IC Compiler II, in addition to runtime speed-up and better timing QoR.
We have started to deploy Design Compiler NXT technologies and
anticipate it will enable a highly convergent design flow and help AMD
bring difficult designs to market faster."
optimizations in Design Compiler NXT include power-driven mapping and
structuring techniques, concurrent clock and data (CCD) optimization,
and a new approach to distributed synthesis that does not sacrifice QoR.
To deliver tight correlation and superior QoR at the most advanced
process nodes, Design Compiler NXT shares a common library and advanced
placement technologies with IC Compiler II, in addition to aligned RC,
net topology, and density modeling.
"Our continued investment in the Design Compiler family of products has
resulted once again in the delivery of breakthrough synthesis
innovations," said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, senior vice president of
engineering, Design Group at Synopsys. "Our customers seamlessly deploy
Design Compiler NXT in their production flows and quickly realize the
benefits of the runtime, QoR, and convergence improvements it delivers."