Cadence RFIC solutions support TSMC N6RF Design Reference Flow

20th June 2022
Sam Holland

Cadence Design Systems has announced that Cadence RFIC (radiofrequency integrated circuit) solutions are enabled to support TSMC’s N6RF Design Reference Flow and process design kit (PDK) to accelerate mobile, 5G and wireless innovation.

Through the ongoing collaboration between Cadence and TSMC, mutual customers are already designing with the Cadence solutions for TSMC’s latest N6RF CMOS semiconductor technology.

The Cadence RFIC solutions support the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling system-on-chip design excellence. Optimised for TSMC’s N6RF process technology, the Cadence Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso ADE Suite and the integrated Spectre X Simulator and RF option are included in the RF Design Reference Flow.

Customers can benefit from several key features of this technology, which enable them to effectively manage corner simulations, perform statistical analyses and achieve design centering and circuit optimisation. Additionally, the flows offer seamless integration between the Cadence EMX Planar 3D Solver and the Virtuoso Layout Suite EXL implementation environment, which enables designers to streamline EM modeling tasks and leverage automation to stitch S-parameter models into the golden design schematic for RF simulations automatically.

For post-layout analysis, the S-parameter models are layered into Cadence Quantus Extraction Solution results for high-fidelity RF signoff circuit and EM-IR simulations. Overall, the new Cadence RFIC full flow offers an efficient methodology that lets engineers achieve design goals – performance, power efficiency and reliability – in a single, tightly integrated design environment.

As Suk Lee, Vice President of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC explains: “Through our ongoing collaboration with Cadence, we’re making it easier for customers to achieve their productivity goals using the jointly developed design flow and our advanced N6RF process technology, which offers significant performance and power efficiency boosts.

“With the availability of the new PDK, those creating next-generation mobile, 5G, and wireless designs can adopt our technologies quickly and accelerate the path to advanced-node innovation.”

Says Tom Beckley, Senior Vice President and General Manager in the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence: “The comprehensive Cadence RFIC solutions cover all aspects of RF design – from RF custom passive device generation and modelling to EM-IR analysis with self-heating. With this unified flow, customers can focus on innovative design, rather than spending time managing disparate, error-prone toolsets.

“By working closely with TSMC, our customers have access to the advanced capabilities included with TSMC’s N6RF process technology and the RF design reference flow, enabling them to achieve SoC design excellence and deliver competitive designs to market much more efficiently.”

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