May 28, 2002 – Cambridge, England; Mountain View, CA; Hsinchu, Taiwan – ARM, Synopsys Inc., and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), have collaborated in generating a proven, fast track SoC integration methodology for use by ARM partners who use TSMC as a foundry.
The companies have linked the TSMC Reference Flow and the ARM-Synopsys Reference Methodology to create a SoC Integration Methodology Guide that reduces risk and accelerates time-to-volume.
This collaboration is the first milestone in a series of initiatives between the three companies intended to provide their mutual customers with access to the latest silicon processes and advanced methodologies.
With the SoC Integration Methodology Guide, both customer-owned tooling and IDM designers can take advantage of the combined benefits of the TSMC Reference Flow and the ARM-Synopsys Reference Methodology, the companies said. The TSMC Reference Flow provides developers with a silicon-proven methodology that reduces time-to-volume by enabling direct manufacturability to TSMC’s process technologies. The ARM-Synopsys Reference Methodology enables SoC developers to access ARM microprocessor cores quickly and efficiently.