Full stack, AI-driven EDA suite designs, verifies, tests and manufactures AI chips

At this year’s Synopsys Users Group (SNUG) Silicon Valley Conference, Synopsys, launched Synopsys.ai, a suite of AI-driven solutions for the design, verification, testing and manufacturing of advanced digital and analogue chips. Engineers can now use AI at every stage of chip design, said Synopsys, from system architecture to design and manufacturing and access the solutions in the cloud. 

The Synopsys.ai EDA suite includes AI-driven tools. One is digital design space optimisation to achieve power, performance and area (PPA) targets which boosts productivity.

There is also analogue design automation for the rapid migration of analogue designs across process nodes.

Verification coverage closure and regression analysis is also in the suite, providing  faster functional testing closure, higher coverage and predictive bug detection, said Synopsys.

There is also automated test generation resulting in fewer, optimised test patterns for silicon defect coverage and faster time to results.

For manufacturing, there are tools to accelerate the development of lithography models with high accuracy to achieve the highest yield.

“Increased complexity, engineering resource constraints and tighter delivery windows were challenges crying out for a full AI-driven EDA software stack from architectural exploration to design and manufacturing,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, general manager of Synopsys EDA group. 

“With Synopsys.ai solutions, our customers’ ability to search design solution spaces across multiple domains is in hyperdrive,” he added.

The AI-driven EDA design suite is being used by Renesas, which achieved a 10 fold improvement in reducing functional coverage holes and up to 30 per cent increase in IP verification productivity.

Renesas, a leader in the automotive space, is already using Synopsys.ai to shave weeks off product development times with enhanced silicon performance and cost reduction. Nvidia, TSMC, IBM and MediaTek all support the AI-driven EDA design strategy.

Synopsys describes itself as the Silicon to Software partner for companies developing the electronic products and software applications. It is an S&P 500 company, with a long history of electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and says it offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of application security testing tools and services for SoC designers creating advanced semiconductors and software developers writing more secure, high-quality code.


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