TSMC Joins the IPL Alliance as the First Foundry Member

Fri May 30, 2008 9:00am EDT

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World's Largest Foundry Brings Expertise to IPL Alliance Efforts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Interoperable
PDK Libraries (IPL) Alliance announced today that Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has joined the Alliance as the first foundry
    The IPL Alliance is an industry-wide collaborative effort to create and
promote interoperable process design kit (PDK) standards. A PDK is a
comprehensive set of foundry-verified data files including PCells
(parameterized cells) used in a complete analog and mixed signal design flow.
The standardization of PDKs and design flows benefit analog and custom IC
designers by removing bottlenecks in multiple-vendor flows. Currently, each
foundry is creating specialized PDKs for different EDA vendors and tools.
Standardization can reduce PDK development cost and schedule, providing
designers quicker access to new advanced process technologies.
    "TSMC is committed to an interoperable PDK format that maintains design
accuracy throughout the custom design cycle," said S.T. Juang, senior director
of design infrastructure marketing, TSMC. "An interoperable standard promotes
reuse and reduces PDK development cost. It also promotes open innovation,
enables customization and improves productivity and efficiency. As an IPL
Alliance member, we look forward to participating in the advancement of PDK
    "Developing effective PDK interoperability standards requires the
collaboration of both EDA tools suppliers and PDK suppliers," said Rich
Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic market
development at Synopsys, one of the IPL Alliance founding members. "The
addition of TSMC, one of the industry's largest suppliers of high quality
PDKs, to the IPL Alliance will help accelerate the development and
implementation of standards."
    The IPL Alliance will present its latest update at the 45th Design
Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim California from June 8 to June 13.  An
IPL Lunch Workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 9, from 12 noon to 1:30pm.
This lunch workshop will cover the challenges, features and roadmap of the IPL
Alliance with presenters from TSMC. IPL will also be featured at Synopsys
Interoperability Breakfast on Wednesday, June 11, from 7:30am to 9:30am. The
IPL Alliance demo suite is located in the Synopsys Standards Booth #1541.
Please visit the IPL Web site at http://www.iplnow.com to register for IPL DAC
events. For more information about the IPL Alliance and its activities, please
contact Jingwen Yuan, IPL Alliance, at info@iplnow.com
    About IPL Alliance
    The IPL (Interoperable PDK Libraries) Alliance is an industry wide
collaborative effort to create and promote interoperable process design kit
(PDK) standards. Since its inception in April 2007, the IPL Alliance has made
tremendous progress in solving PCell interoperability. A free IPL reference
library and an online interoperability demonstration are available for
download at http://www.iplnow.com, the IPL Alliance web site. An IPL ecosystem
has been established to validate PCell interoperability within all members'
tools. The IPL Alliance has formed three technical working groups for
Properties and Parameters, PCells and Constraints expanded its charters to
address broader interoperability issues with foundry PDKs and design flows.
IPL Alliance members include Applied Wave Research (AWR), Ciranova, Helic,
JEDAT, Magma Design Automation, Micro Magic, SpringSoft, Silicon Navigator,
Synopsys, TSMC and Virage Logic. Mentor Graphics and Pulsic are supporting

    Jingwen Yuan
    IPL Alliance

SOURCE  Interoperable PDK Libraries Alliance

Jingwen Yuan of IPL Alliance, info@iplnow.com
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