Virtuoso advanced-node platform for 7nm processes

Cadence Design Systems has released an expanded Virtuoso Advanced-Node Platform that can support advanced 7nm designs.

Through collaboration with early 7nm FinFET customers, Cadence has been able to add innovative new capabilities to manage the design complexity and process effects associated with this advanced-node process.
According to Cadence, the Virtuoso Advanced-Node Platform update can support all the major advanced FinFET technologies while helping to raise designer productivity.
Due to the complexity of designing at 7nm, the Platform offers a variety of layout capabilities, including advanced editing with multi-pattern colour awareness, FinFET grids, and module generator (ModGen) device arrays. Customers can take advantage of variation analysis in their circuit design flows, using Monte Carlo analysis across corners to address variability with the Spectre Accelerated Parallel Simulator, the Virtuoso ADE Product Suite and the Virtuoso Schematic Editor.
Commenting, Tom Beckley, general manager, Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence, said: “Working with customers, we’ve been able to validate that our approaches greatly reduce the overhead inherent in designing at 7nm to help deliver the best possible silicon.”

Neil Tyler