Keysight, Synopsys, and Ansys Accelerate RFIC Semiconductor Design with New Reference Flow for TSMC's Most Advanced 4nm RF FinFET Process
/ Key Highlights
- New reference flow offers open, efficient radio frequency design solution that supports streamlined migration from previous process nodes
- Industry-leading electromagnetic simulation tools boost 5G/6G wireless system on a chip performance and power efficiency
- Integrated flow improves designer productivity, increases simulation accuracy for faster time-to-market
Next-generation wireless systems feature higher bandwidth, more connected devices, lower latency, and broader coverage. Design complexity of RF integrated circuits used for wireless data transmission such as transceivers and RF front-end components continues to grow. Higher circuit frequencies, smaller feature sizes, and complex layout-dependent-effects make high speed design physics challenging, requiring more accurate and comprehensive modeling and simulation to achieve the highest performance and robust product reliability.
The TSMC 4nm RF design reference flow improves design turnaround time and layout productivity in the Synopsys Custom Compiler™ design and layout environment. Reference design flow certification includes rigorous validation of TSMC's 4nm RF process design kit (PDK) using critical design components including sub-6 GHz low noise amplifiers (LNAs) and LC-tuned voltage-controlled oscillators (LC VCOs). The reference flow features industry-leading tools that enable efficient passive device synthesis, EM model extraction, thermal-aware electromigration analysis extended to include device metal, and post-layout extraction with correct handling of circuit under inductor (CUI) structures.
In addition to Synopsys Custom Compiler, the open, modern reference flow incorporates:
Golden signoff accuracy circuit simulation performance from Synopsys PrimeSim™ simulation tools and PrimeSim™ Reliability Environment, and signoff physical verification and extraction solutions from Synopsys IC Validator™ and Synopsys StarRC™.
Ansys Totem™ provides thermal-aware signoff electromigration verification and power integrity analysis (EM/IR). RaptorX™ and Exalto™ provide signoff electromagnetic modeling, with unique CUI features enabling significant area and cost reductions of up to 50%. VeloceRF™ delivers fully automatic silicon layout synthesis for electromagnetic devices including multi-layer inductor spiral, baluns/transformers, and transmission lines to enable the highest circuit performance and accuracy.
Keysight PathWave ADS RFPro provides rapid, interactive EM-circuit co-simulation and analysis to find and fix layout-dependent-effects up front in the development cycle. PathWave RFIC design (GoldenGate) supports harmonic balance simulation in early chip design and verification process.
"Multiphysics raises novel challenges for our customers to optimize power, area, reliability, and performance as RF frequencies climb into the millimeter wave and sub-THz range," said
- Keysight EDA: https://www.keysight.com/find/eda-info
- Synopsys Custom Design Family: https://www.synopsys.com/implementation-and-signoff/custom-design-platform.html
- Synopsys RF Design Solution: https://www.synopsys.com/rf-design.html
- Ansys Multiphysics Signoff: https://www.ansys.com/products/semiconductors
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