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The 2023-24 release is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the 2023-24 annual release to EUROPRACTICE members. For full details, please see the details page.

Synopsys Tool Portfolio

Front End and Verification Suite (FEV)

The Front End and Verification suite includes a wide range of tools for verification and synthesis of digital designs for ASICs & FPGAs targets. The FEV suite includes RTL ASIC Synthesis (Verilog, SystemVerilog and VHDL), FPGA Synthesis and Multi-FPGA partitioning, test insertion and ATPG, logic simulation (VHDL, Verilog, SystemC, SystemVerilog, and SVA), logical equivalence checking, signoff timing analysis (with signal integrity), signoff power analysis, multi-voltage simulation, multi-voltage structural checking, and fast spice simulation. See product list →

ASIP Desginer

ASIP Designer is tool suite for creation of Application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) for applications benefitting from highly specialized processing elements that are programmable in C. Application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) typically deliver greater computational efficiencies than general purpose processors and more flexibility than fixed-function RTL designs. ASIP Designer allows rapid exploration of architectural choices, generation of a C/C++-compiler and automatic generation of power and area-optimized synthesizable RTL. ASIP Designer is available to users of the Front End and Verification (FEV) Suite as a zero cost add-on. See product list →

ASIC Implementation Suite (IMP)

The ASIC Implementation suite includes a range of tools for physical implementation of digital designs and physical design signoff. The ASIC Implementation suite includes Fusion Compiler and IC Compiler II (ICC II) that address the complexities of advanced process node design across the RTL-to-GDSII flow, and links physical synthesis, place & route, parasitic extraction and Physical Verification within a unified environment and single data model. See product list →

Analogue Simulation & Modelling Suite (ASM)

The Analogue Simulation and Modelling suite includes a wide range of tools for full-custom design, analogue circuit simulation and verification, and mechatronic system modelling. The ASM suite includes Custom Compiler for full custom design plus a range of Spice and Fast-Spice, RF simulation capabilities. The Saber tool, included within the ASM suite offers multi-domain modelling (with VHDL-AMS or MAST HDL) covering a wide range of physical systems (electrical, thermal, mechanical, magnetic, hydraulic, etc.), all integrated with schematic capture, simulation and results analysis. See product list →

Advanced TCAD Suite (TCAD)

The Advanced TCAD suite provides an extensive set of tools for semiconductor process and device modelling, with and integrated analysis scenario exploration environment. The Advanced TCAD suite includes tools for; 2D/3D process simulation and modelling, structure definition, device simulation, compact model generation, and 2D/3D interconnect field solvers.

Photonic IC (PIC) Platform

Synopsys Photonic IC Platform containing OptoCompiler, OptSim and Photonic Device Compiler are available to EUROPRACTICE members. This unified electronic and photonic design platform that combines mature and dedicated photonic simulation, implementation, and verification technology with Synopsys custom design tools enables engineers to produce and verify complex Photonic IC designs quickly and accurately. By providing schematic-driven layout, advanced photonic layout synthesis, and E/O co-simulation in a single platform, OptoCompiler bridges the gap between photonic experts and IC designers to make photonic design as productive as digital design. See product list →

QuantumATK (QATK)

QuantumATK is a complete and fully integrated software toolkit for atomic-scale modelling. See product list →

The combination of the NanoLab GUI, a Python scripting environment, and a parallel distributed processing platform, permits the seamless integration of the tool's different calculation modules into a common platform, enabling the straight-forward implementation of complex workflows.

QuantumATK supports a wide-range of complementary simulation engines, including: electronic-structure calculations using density functional theory or tight-binding model Hamiltonians, Green's-function methods for electron transport simulations and surface calculations, first-principles electron-phonon and electron-photon couplings, simulation of atomic-scale heat transport, ion dynamics, spintronics, optical properties of materials, static polarization, and more. Applications of particular relevance to semiconductors materials and devices, include:

  • Simulation of carrier transport in new strongly-confined transistor channel materials
  • Bandstructure calculations and the extraction of the carrier effective masses
  • Exploration of alternative interconnect metals
  • Modelling and optimization of metal-semiconductor contacts
  • Simulation of spintronic memories
  • Modelling mechanical collapse in fins and pillars during subsequent layer deposition steps
  • Simulation of thermal transport in crystals, nanostructures, and interfaces
  • Modelling of novel photovoltaic materials and devices

Atomistic modelling provides a detailed insight into atomic-scale processes that can be used to complement traditional experimental approaches, thus potentially enabling faster research into new devices through a better informed predictive selection of new materials. The integration of QuantumATK with Sentaurus TCAD, provides a seamless flow from material to device modelling (and then onward into SPICE and the higher-level circuit design flow).

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The Simpleware bundle is based on the ScanIP image processing platform, providing a set of tools for image visualisation, measurement and model generation from 3D and 4D image data. Add-on modules for automation, design and mesh generation are included. See product list →

Synopsys Low Cost Classroom Teaching Licenses

Classroom Teaching license variants of the above tool suites are also available to Institutes where they have too few regular EUROPRACTICE non-commercial research and training licenses for mass-class teaching.

Synopsys Online Resources

Synopsys provide a range of online resources. These resources include product webinars, curriculum materials, generic libraries and access to the other online resources as part of SolvNetPlus.

SolvNetPlus is Synopsys' on-line portal providing access to a wide range of technical resources for the Synopsys tools. SolvNetPlus and these other on-line resources are restricted to authorised users of Synopsys tools and a password is required. Also included within Synopsys on-line resources for Universities are 90nm, 32/28nm and 14nm Generic Libraries. These libraries (Design Kits) are based on a typical 90nm, 32/28nm and 14nm technologies and include typical cell contents. These libraries are well suited to undergraduate teaching of ASIC design with the Synopsys tools. Additionally, Synopsys also offer access to a wealth of Curriculum Materials on a wide variety of topics. 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.