Synopsys' Synthesis Enables Industry's First Successful "Smart
TV" System on a Chip
TeleCruz Chooses Design Compiler to Meet the Demanding TC701 Schedule
December 7, 1998 -- Synopsys Inc., the technology leader for complex
chip design, today announced that smart television integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer
TeleCruz(TM) easily achieved first-time tape-out success using the industry-leading
Synopsys synthesis solution. TeleCruz carefully considered both Synopsys' comprehensive
tool suite and other competing synthesis tools. TeleCruz chose Synopsys because it
provided a complete solution of tools for synthesis, static-timing analysis, interconnect
parasitic extraction and test. The TeleCruz design team relied exclusively on Synopsys Design Compiler(TM)
throughout their project to produce the first highly integrated single-chip solution that
offers PC-quality graphics and two-way communication capability in standard televisions.
"We performed our due diligence to select the best synthesis solution for our
designs," said Bernie Sardinha, vice president of operations with TeleCruz. "We
decided we cannot afford to take unnecessary risks with any alternative synthesis tool. In
addition to the proven success of Design Compiler, our engineers are Design Compiler
proficient and our silicon vendor, Toshiba, supported the complete flow. Synopsys Design
Compiler was the obvious choice."
TeleCruz's TC701 is a single chip controller for interactive televisions. The advanced
features of TC701 are designed to support television manufacturers requirements for a
platform capable of supporting various information services at very low added cost.
Comprehensive Solutions for Complex IC Design
As the electronics industry moves to system-on-a-chip (SoC)
designs with millions of gates on a single chip, new and comprehensive solutions will be
needed to overcome the design challenges. These tools will have to encompass optimal
gate-level timing and area, in addition to power consumption, testability and reliability.
Designers will have to merge complex datapaths with sophisticated controllers. To complete
their designs on schedule, designers will have to reuse existing design blocks and make
their intellectual property (IP) portable for future reuse. Synopsys provides a full range
of high-level design tools to manage the complexity of SoC designs--delivering the best
quality-of-results (QoR) and the fastest time-to-market.
TeleCruz uses a comprehensive synthesis solution from Synopsys: Design Compiler, for
industry-leading synthesis; PrimeTime(TM), for
static-timing analysis; Arcadia(R),
for fast and accurate parasitic extraction; and a combination of DC Expert Plus(TM)
for one-pass test and TestGen(TM),
for automatic test pattern generation (ATPG). All of these tools integrate seamlessly into
Toshiba's sign-off flow. About TeleCruz TeleCruz Technology Inc., is a developer of
embedded products for interactive television. The company designs and manufactures
integrated circuits for the interactive television market. More information about TeleCruz
is available at http://www.telecruz.com.