STMicroelectronics Taps Synopsys HSIM-XA for Its Advanced Smart Power Technology (Synopsys)

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Mountain View, California - May 16, 2008 - Synopsys, a provider of software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing, announced the successful outcome of a collaboration with Synopsys HSIM-XA and STMicroelectronics, a company developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across a broad spectrum of microelectronics applications.

The company said the result of the joint effort enables ST to significantly accelerate their high-accuracy, transistor level verification of complex analog ICs using ST's Smart Power technology for highly integrated automotive applications.

"Our Smart Power ICs cover a broad spectrum of different applications that continue to grow in complexity. Coupled with wide operating ranges for both voltage and temperature, these designs have posed great challenges for us in the AMS verification domain," said Lyes Djama, AMS Design Platform manager of STMicroelectronics' Smart Power & High Voltage Competence Center. "Using XA technology allows us to significantly improve the AMS verification of these leading-edge designs and meet the challenges we are currently facing."

Synopsys' XA acceleration technology allows customers to achieve HSPICE accuracy while delivering orders-of-magnitude-higher performance and capacity than existing FastSPICE solutions.

"Our collaboration with ST on the new XA technology is another example of a mutually beneficial alliance between Synopsys and our customers," said Paul Lo, vice president and general manager of the Analog/Mixed-signal Group at Synopsys, "Combining Synopsys' expertise in circuit simulation and STMicroelectronics' deep knowledge in analog design, we are able to deliver technology that uniquely addresses the requirements of AMS designers. Simply stated, XA technology enables 'out-of-the-box' SPICE accuracy with FastSPICE capacity and performance."

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