Piscataway, NJ 7 June 2010 – IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO), the premier trusted partner of the global technology community for the development, adoption, and certification of industry standards, has entered into a partnership with Synopsys to form a technical advisory board to facilitate the evolution of Synopsys’ Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) into an industry standard format for interconnect parasitic modeling.

The founding members of the Interconnect Modeling TAB (IMTAB) are representatives from industry-leading semiconductor companies, EDA companies and silicon foundries including Altera Corporation, AMD, Apache Design Solutions, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, LSI, Magma Design Automation, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics and Synopsys.

IMTAB will join IEEE-ISTO’s expanding federation of member programs. IMTAB will leverage ITF as the basis of interconnect modeling standard and drive its development to address future industry demands. ITF will be available industry-wide through an open source license agreement with Synopsys. IEEE-ISTO will manage the operations of IMTAB.

IEEE-ISTO has a proven track record launching and promoting new initiatives that foster market acceptance of standards, such as ITF,” said Rich Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances at Synopsys. “IEEE-ISTO’s guidance and support will enable IMTAB to successfully meet its goals during formation and beyond.”

IMTAB marks the second Technical Advisory Board collaboration between IEEE-ISTO and Synopsys. The Liberty Technical Advisory Board was formed in 2008 and maintains the Liberty library modeling format – the semiconductor industry’s most widely accepted library standard.

Open collaboration is a critical component to the successful market adoption of industry standards,” said Peter Lefkin, marketing and business development executive, IEEE-ISTO. “IEEE-ISTO looks forward to facilitating the evolution of ITF.”

About ITF
Synopsys’ Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) provides detailed modeling of interconnect parasitic effects, enabling designers to perform accurate parasitic extraction for timing, signal integrity, power and reliability signoff analysis. ITF offers a flexible and innovative format to accurately model the effects of increased process variation at advanced process technologies. ITF has been evolving for more than 10 years and is the semiconductor industry’s most widely used interconnect modeling format. It is supported by leading semiconductor foundries and integrated device manufacturers, and is proven on thousands of production designs.

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