Ansys accelerates ASIC design

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Ansys simulation software is being used to decrease the time to market and development costs of custom application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC). Global Unichip Corp (GUC) ASICs has adopted Ansys to support its combination of advanced technology, low-power and embedded CPU design capabilities.

Providing advanced ASIC services that meet the needs of today’s innovative technology enterprises requires a fast introduction, timely resolution to customer problems and successful signoff. GUC selected Ansys RedHawk-SC to support the significant needs of its customers by effectively executing designs with more than one billion device instances and completing the full-chip systems-on-chip (SoC) power integrity and reliability signoff in less than two days.

Ansys RedHawk-SC is built on Ansys SeaScape — a custom-designed, big data architecture for electronic system design and simulation. Ansys SeaScape features big data architecture for electronic system design and simulation and provides elastic compute scalability to enable rapid design iteration, increased scenario coverage and greater accuracy for full-chip SoC signoff for advanced nodes. Ansys RedHawk-SC’s actionable analytics provide designers with key insights to prioritise design fixes and enable easy viewing and querying of large design databases in minutes for faster debugging. Efficient hardware utilisation makes the platform ideally suited for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and datacentre applications.  

Louis Lin, senior vice president, GUC said: ‘As integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing processes become more complex, there are more elements to simulate and compute during chip design and verification to ensure reliability and minimise power loss. Ansys helps us minimise this complexity, speed our time to market and reduce development costs. Our partnership with Ansys has been a cornerstone in helping our clients succeed in the IC market.’

‘As a custom ASIC leader, GUC requires cutting-edge solutions for fast and accurate results,’ said John Lee, vice president and general manager, semiconductor business unit at Ansys. ‘RedHawk-SC meets the market’s unique needs for addressing multiphysics challenges — we are seeing an influx of customers deploying RedHawk-SC for the most complex product and design signoff.’

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