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Connector for DesignSync Synopsys CD ()

Connector for DesignSync® Synopsys CD provides design data management for Synopsys® Custom Designer data in Open Access format. It extends the design data management capabilities for Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer.

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Connector for DesignSync Synopsys CD integrates Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer  with the Synopsys Customer Designer graphical integrated circuit (IC) design environment, recognizing and efficiently managing Synopsys library design data. The Synopsys Customer Designer graphical design environment is modified with the addition of Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer menus and commands. Designers are able to perform design data management (DDM) operations without leaving the familiar Synopsys graphical environment, and without having to manage the actual collections of files and directories on disk which represent Synopsys library objects such as schematic diagrams.

EDA Data Awareness–Synopsys Library Recognition

Data awareness is important because data created and modified by Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, such as a Synopsys schematic diagram or physical layout, is typically not stored on disk as a single file. Rather, a design object, such as a schematic diagram, consists of a specific set of files. In order for a DDM system to maintain a version history of changes to the schematic diagram, this set of files must be managed as a group. The group of files is also referred to as a “co-managed” set, or “collection object.” These collection objects are stored in a larger directory structure called a “library.” A Synopsys “library” consists of “cells,” and a cell may contain multiple “views,” which are models used for different purposes, such a schematic view, a layout view, etc.

Connector for DesignSync Synopsys CD recognizes Synopsys Open Access libraries on disk so as not to confuse them with ordinary directories and files. Collection objects are managed transparently to the end-user. So, when a user issues a command to checkout a version of a schematic diagram, the appropriate versions of each of the member files of the collection object are checked out automatically. The member files of the collection are each individually version controlled, and a mapping is maintained between the version of the design object and the versions of the member files which constitute the version of the object. Storage of data in the DDM repository is efficient because only member files of a collection which are modified in an edit operation are stored in the new version of the design object. And because the design object is managed as a “collection,” the tool prevents direct modification to individual member files, which can result in the corruption of the object as a whole.

The User Interface

With Connector for DesignSync Synopsys CD, Synopsys data recognition allows users to operate on familiar constructs such as libraries, cells, and views. Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer menus are included in the Synopsys graphical environment. The Synopsys AutoCheckout/AutoCheckin functionality is enabled as well.  

In addition to being able to operate on libraries, cells, and views, DDM operations may also be performed on a data “Category.” For example, if a standard cell library has been categorized by types such as “FlipFlops”, all the “FlipFlops” could be checked out for edit in a single operation.

A unique capability is also provided to perform data management operations based on the “hierarchy” of the design. For example, a Synopsys library may include ALU and MULTIPLIER design blocks. If the top level ALU schematic is fetched, one might issue the “DesignSync > Hierarchy > Tag” command which would identify and tag each version of each instance of the lower level schematics.

The level of hierarchical depth can be controlled. For example, one might want to tag the hierarchy of a standard cell design, yet not descend into the transistor level representations of the standard cells themselves. Once a hierarchy is tagged, it could be fetched into a new workspace. The result would be that one or more libraries could be fetched, with valid Synopsys library structures created on disk, but the local libraries would only include the cells/views which constitute the ALU design hierarchy. This is an example of the capability to construct a workspace with a subset of the data contained in Synopsys libraries as stored in the DDM repository.

Some operations are more efficient if performed using Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer rather than running the commands from within the Synopsys environment. For example, when starting a new project, it is typical that multiple libraries are put under revision control. Due to the restriction within Synopsys that one must select a library before performing any operations, checking in multiple libraries requires that each be checked in separately. If a project consists of 50 libraries, for example, this is a tedious process at best. Using Software and System-on-a-Chip Designer, all 50 libraries can be checked in by running a single command.

Connector for DesignSync Synopsys CD

Key Features & Benefits

  • By integrating into the Synopsys Custom Designer graphical design environment, designers work in the tools with which they are familiar.

  • All vaulting operations are executed with a thorough understanding of the unique structure of a Synopsys data library.

  • Manages Synopsys data, along with non-Synopsys project data, letting companies connect to and manage the entire design chain with a unified DDM system.