Design Force for IC, Package and PCB Co-Design
Zuken’s CR-8000 Design Force offers true co-design through a hierarchical setup wherein multiple designs can be brought together in the same framework. The connectivity between designs can be setup automatically or manually. The user is then able to move between designs (chip RDL, package or board or any combination thereof). This enables user to accurately see and edit the nets/routing on a system scale.
Design Force works natively in an OpenAccess environment and can bi-directionally exchange LEF/DEF files with IC layout tools. This allows co-design with chip-level design and manufacturing rules. Users can optimize I/O pin assignment bump and ball patterns, RDL and interposer routing, and die escape routing to improve signal performance, routability of signals across the system, and reduce layer cost at the chip, package and board level.
Supported co-design flows
Market driven engineering decisions require system co-design at a fast pace. Also, modern design flows incorporate a lot of design reuse necessitated by the fast pace of the market as well as efficient use of engineering resources. Zuken supports this important aspect through both a bottom-up and a top-down, wherein the user has the ability to drive decisions starting either from the chip to the board or the from the board on to the chip. This solution does away with file-hand-offs and the need to move between different tools, thus making for a seamless flow to optimize the bump- and ball- maps offering a true co-design experience.