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DATE: 4/26/2023


Synopsys, Ansys and Keysight Collaborate with TSMC to Boost Performance of Autonomous Systems with New mmWave Reference Flow

79-GHz mmWave RF Design Flow for TSMC 16FFC Accelerates Development of Radio-Frequency ICs Used in Autonomous Systems

PITTSBURGH, PA, April 26, 2023 – To accelerate development of advanced radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave (mmWave) designs with high reliability, Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), Ansys (Nasdaq: ANSS) and Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the availability of the new 79GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) radio frequency (RF) design reference flow for the TSMC 16nm FinFET Compact Technology (16FFC). The mmWave design reference flow enables the implementation of reliable, 79-GHz transceiver integrated circuits (ICs) for advanced autonomous systems that require independent operation without human intervention such as automotive radar, 5G connectivity, security applications and environmental monitors. The reference flow provides companies with the highest levels of performance, security, and reliability for mmWave RF systems on TSMC’s leading process technologies. 

“The modernization of sensing and perception capabilities using advanced mmWave technology is another step towards realizing autonomous systems,” said Sanjay Bali, vice president of Strategy and Product Management for the EDA Group at Synopsys. “Our close collaboration with industry leaders including Ansys, Keysight and TSMC provides mutual customers with an open and optimized reference flow that delivers unmatched quality-of-results for advanced mmWave designs.” 

“TSMC works closely with our ecosystem partners to address increasing challenges in creating advanced RF and mmWave designs for next-generation autonomous systems,” said Dan Kochpatcharin, head of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. “The result of our collaboration with Synopsys, Ansys and Keysight will help mutual customers achieve design success with an optimized front-to-back design flow that takes full advantage of the power, performance, area, and productivity benefits of the TSMC 16FFC technology.”

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The reference flow integrates solutions from Ansys including multiphysics signoff analysis using Ansys VeloceRF™ RF Device Synthesis, Ansys RaptorX™ Electromagnetic Modeling Family, Ansys Exalto™ EM-aware Parasitic Extraction Signoff (pictured) and Ansys Totem™ Power Integrity and Reliability Signoff tools.

Open, Modern Design Flow Accelerates Autonomous Systems 

The new mmWave design reference flow improves the autonomous system’s sensitivity and reliability using a 79-GHz transmitter power amplifier design with efficient power conversion, along with a receiver low-noise amplifier design with low-noise figure. The reference flow integrates the following solution into a comprehensive design flow:

“The need for high-speed frequencies to support next-gen autonomous systems such as navigation, object recognition, decision making and control continues to grow,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “The combination of our signoff expertise in chip and system multiphysics together with the Synopsys analog and mixed-signal design and verification solutions and RF design expertise from Keysight results in a robust design reference flow for TSMC’s 16FFC process.” 

“Our close collaboration with Synopsys, Ansys, and TSMC gives mutual customers the solutions they need to push the boundaries of RF and mmWave design into applications for autonomous systems, said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager, PathWave Software Solutions at Keysight. Keysight leverages its long history in high frequency electromagnetic simulation to bring these capabilities to TSMC workflows with this 79-GHz work. We’ve taken the next step in seamless integration of RFPro with the Synopsys’ Custom Compiler environment to deliver highest levels of electromagnetic simulation accuracy and workflow efficiency. RFPro provides electromagnetic analysis and model generation of passive components and critical nets for autonomous systems targeting TSMC’s 16FFC process technology. We’ve also integrated GoldenGate for pre- and post-layout RF simulations and verified the simulation results against TSMC’s reference measured data.”

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