Latest advances in FineSim deliver up to 2X performance and capacity improvements

Enhancements accelerate verification of advanced-node memory designs
(PresseBox) (Mountain View CA, ) Highlights:
- Up to 2X simulation speed up for memory designs
- Up to 2X capacity improvement
- Built-in HSPICE device modeling engine
- FinFET (BSIM-CMG 106.1) model support


Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the availability of the latest release of its FineSim(TM) circuit simulator. The 2012.12 release of FineSim introduces new algorithms for layout resistance and capacitance (RC) parasitic reduction and complex on-chip power network simulation, enabling up to 2X simulation speed up and capacity for post layout simulation of a broad range of memory designs compared to previous versions of FineSim. In addition, this release of FineSim incorporates the industry proven HSPICE® device modeling engine, which includes support for the FinFET BSIM-CMG 106.1 standard. The new built-in HSPICE modeling engine ensures that FineSim simulation results are consistent with HSPICE golden accuracy simulations.

"SK Hynix has deployed FineSim as its primary FastSPICE circuit simulation tool for advanced-node memory timing, power and reliability verification," said Sang Il Lee, head of the Advanced Design CAE, Research and Development Division at SK Hynix. "The simulation speed and capacity improvements in the latest release of FineSim will allow us to handle the increased complexity and post layout parasitic data of our next generation memory designs, as well as maintain our overall memory verification productivity."

Synopsys' FineSim solution provides a unique high-performance circuit simulation technology that combines FastSPICE and SPICE simulation in a single executable, enabling designers to seamlessly switch between FastSPICE and SPICE simulation with no netlist reformatting or environment changes. This unique capability provides maximum flexibility and ease of use for circuit designers, enabling them to take advantage of FastSPICE performance when the highest throughput is needed and switch to SPICE mode when the highest simulation accuracy is critical. FineSim's innovative multi-core/multi-machine simulation technology takes full advantage of existing compute infrastructure and can deliver superior speed and capacity scaling to shorten long simulation runs for complex memory and analog designs.

"FineSim leads the industry in DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory verification," said Paul Lo, general manager and senior vice president of the Analog/Mixed-Signal Group at Synopsys. "Providing high circuit simulation performance, capacity and accuracy to our leading customers, such as SK Hynix, is a key priority for Synopsys. The latest release of FineSim delivers on our commitment to accelerate our customers' innovation and enables them to keep up with the increasing complexity of advanced-node memory verification."

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