HSIN-CHU, Taiwan—March 20, 2001— Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE: TSM) today revealed its Library-9000? Evaluation Flow, which creates a new standard for system-on-chip (SOC) library evaluation by minimizing guesswork in the library selection process. Because semiconductor libraries are the foundation structures upon which SOC designs are based, they must be closely integrated with the manufacturer’s process technology to be of value, particularly in situations where time-to-volume is critical. This first-ever Library-9000 Evaluation Flow spells out this value by providing tools by which designers can evaluate the depth of technical collaboration between library vendors and TSMC.
The evaluation flow includes the industry’s only documented process for selection of third-party libraries; the industry’s most extensive library validation procedure, and a comprehensive service program allowing designers early access to libraries and direct access to library vendors for financial agreements and technical services.
“Every IC design has its own very specific library specifications, so finding the right library for the job can be a complicated process with plenty of surprises along the way,” said Kurt Wolf, director of TSMC’s Library Alliance program. “The TSMC Library-9000 Evaluation Flow program takes much of the guesswork out of this process, providing the designer with the best available foundry experience. Together, the designers, library vendors, and TSMC are laying the groundwork for next-generation SoC designs.”
TSMC has partnered with six leading library vendors to create the foundry industry’s most comprehensive process-specific library portfolio. The libraries, from Artisan, Avant!, NurLogic, Virage Logic, Virtual Silicon and Xemics, support library roadmaps for multiple process generations including various combinations of 0.25-, 0.18-, and 0.15- and 0.13-micron technologies. The partnerships include both business and technical programs, providing a win-win-win environment for designers, library partners, and TSMC.
Around-the-Clock Access through TSMC Online
To assist designers with selecting the appropriate third party library, TSMC Library-9000 was developed as a five-part, step-by-step library evaluation procedure. TSMC designers have personal access 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week through TSMC’s secure Online website. The site is updated with library partner information as necessary. This systematic procedure includes:
1)Review of TSMC library program and availability guide 2)Review of process-specific library fact sheets 3)Evaluation of silicon compliance documents and levels of validation 4)Click-through library evaluation guide 5)Click-through design requirements document
This standardized library review process provides a checklist methodology for designers to determine which library best satisfies the specific design need. The checklist allows designers to consider parameters such as power, footprint, performance, QA, and silicon validation. Using information supplied by the library vendors, designers can then evaluate various offerings to find the library that best suits their needs.
With process-specific library fact sheets, the designer can get additional detailed information on the content and development of each library. Library vendors provide the latest information on library elements, speed, density, technology revision, and memory verification for each process-specific library.
To enable efficient usage during the design and production phases, libraries must meet defined quality standards. The silicon compliance documents and validation level status from TSMC assist designers in selecting libraries that also meet their design requirements. A library proven in silicon is one of