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Synopsys provide a range of online resources that are available to licensees of Synopsys tools. These resources include curriculum materials, generic libraries, university newsletters and access to the other online resources as part of SolvNet.

Curriculum Materials

Synopsys University Program Members Only Website

Professors and Lecturers may be especially interested in Synopsys' curriculum materials. Synopsys' Curriculum materials can be used to implement a new course or supplement content in an existing course quickly and easily. These curriculum materials range from whole semester courses to shorter specific technical presentations and these may be used as courseware for teaching purposes by University members.

  • Full Semester Courseware. Synopsys has more than 100 full-semester courses available that are suitable for Bachelor and Master Programs in microelectronic design and EDA. Each full-semester course contains ~15 weeks of material including a syllabus, lectures, labs, homework and exams.


  • Workshops, Short Lectures and Labs. Synopsys also offers additional curriculum support modules that vary in length and include more Synopsys tool training materials than the full-semester courseware. Workshops cover topics on implementation, verification and TCAD. Short lectures introduce specific topics and the associated use Synopsys tools for a thorough and practical understanding of the concepts.

The Synopsys Curriculm Materials document gives further details of the materials available. Curriculum materials can be downloaded from the Synopsys University Program Members Only website (requires SolvNet ID and password - see below). If you obtain Synopsys licenses via Europractice then you are automatically members of Synopsys' University Programme.



Generic Libraries (Design Kits)

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A range of Synopsys Generic Libraries and iPDKs(Design Kits) are available from Synopsys. These libraries are not designed for fabrication but are based on a range of typical process and ideal for teaching purposes in digital, mixed-signal and full custom design flows. These libraries are fully compatible with Synopsys tools. Generic Teaching Librares available include:

  • 90nm Generic Library digital design kit including digital standard cell library, I/O library, memories, megacells for OpenSPARC processors and support for low power methodologies.
  • 90nm Interoperable PDK full custom design kit for CustomDesginer based design flows.
  • 32/28nm Generic Library digital design kit including digital standard cell library, I/O library, memories and support for low power design methodologies.
  • 32/28nm Interoperable PDK full custom design kit for CustomDesginer based design flows.

The Synopsys Generic Libraries and iPDKs are based upon typical modern processes, are fully compatible with Synopsys EDA tools, and designed specifically as a teaching resource with cell contents and some IP blocks. For members wishing to actually fabricate an IC then alternative design kits of real foundry processes are available from Europractice.

The Synopsys Generic Libraries and iPDKs are availabe for download from the Synopsys website



Synopsys on-line resources (SolvNet)

SolvNET website

 

Synopsys SolvNet is a self-help on-line technical resource provided by Synopsys. It may be accessed via the link from Synopsys' main web page (www.synopsys.com), under the Support heading, SolvNet section. SolvNet is restricted to authorised and approved users of Synopsys tools. To obtain a user name and password please follow the sign up process on the SolvNet front web page. It is important when registering that you use your official University details.  Synopsys will reject registrations which cannot be easily identified as a bona-fide licensed customers.

Included within SolvNet is an online knowledge base (Support Center) and license key download(Download Center). Please note: Your license conditions do not allow use of the "submit an enquiry" feature and all questions regarding your Synopsys tools and licenses should be sent to MicroelectronicsCentre@stfc.ac.uk

Synopsys University Newsletters

Synopsys University Newsletters are published from time to time specifically for University users. These newsletters contain a variety of useful articles and information, a valid SolvNet username and password is required to access the full content of the articles within these newsletters. The Synopsys University Newsletters are accessed from the links on the Synopsys University Program Members Only website



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Last modified: February 15, 2013