Synopsys Galaxy Design Platform Enables 90 Percent of Volume-Production FinFET Designs

Vast Majority of Designers Choose Synopsys Implementation Tools for Move from Test Chips to Production Tapeout

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 10, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  


  • Galaxy Design Platform used for 90 percent of production FinFET designs
  • Strong platform adoption underscores Synopsys' leadership in digital and custom design implementation tools for FinFET
  • All FinFET foundries have used and qualified the Galaxy Design Platform

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that its Galaxy Design Platform enables 90 percent of the production tapeouts of FinFET-based designs. Over 20 industry leaders worldwide have successfully completed more than 100 FinFET tapeouts using the platform.  Foundries including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Intel Custom Foundry, Samsung and others have implemented test chip and production FinFET tapeouts with Galaxy Design Platform for mutual customers including Achronix, Global Unichip Corporation (GUC), HiSilicon Technologies, Marvell, Netronome, NVIDIA, Samsung and others, representing a broad spectrum of application markets, including consumer electronics, wireless, graphics, microprocessor and networking devices.

FinFET-based process nodes offer a number of advantages including greater density, lower power and higher performance. New, innovative technologies in the Galaxy Design Platform implementation tools seamlessly handle the myriad new design rules associated with the shift from planar to 3D transistors to enable these advantages. Synopsys has engaged in comprehensive collaboration with foundry partners to ensure all the tools in the Galaxy Design Platform have been updated to support the process changes introduced by FinFET devices including multi-patterning and local interconnect structures. The updated tools include the Design Compiler® synthesis solution, TetraMAX® ATPG, IC Compiler and IC Compiler II place and route solutions, PrimeTime® signoff solution, StarRC extraction, HSPICE®, CustomSim and FineSim® simulation products, Galaxy Custom Designer® schematic, and Laker® layout tools as well as IC Validator physical verification.   

"Long-standing and close collaboration with foundries and end-users of FinFET technology has enabled Synopsys to reach this significant milestone," said Antun Domic, executive vice president and general manager of the Design Group at Synopsys. "Over the past few years, companies have deployed the Galaxy Design Platform for production of semiconductors using FinFET devices. Our customers require the highest performance and lowest power for their designs, which is driving their transition to FinFET. Designers can confidently use Galaxy tools for their FinFET designs and achieve superior quality of results."

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world's 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, and is also a leader in software quality and security testing with its Coverity® solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest quality and security, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at

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