Synopsys, Ansys and Keysight Collaborate with TSMC to Boost Performance of Autonomous Systems with New mmWave Reference Flow

  • 79-GHz mmWave RF Design Flow for TSMC 16FFC Accelerates Development of Radio-Frequency ICs Used in Autonomous Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. April 26, 2023 

To accelerate development of advanced radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave (mmWave) designs with high reliability, Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), Ansys (Nasdaq: ANSS) and Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the availability of the new 79GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) radio frequency (RF) design reference flow for the TSMC 16nm FinFET Compact Technology (16FFC). The mmWave design reference flow enables the implementation of reliable, 79-GHz transceiver integrated circuits (ICs) for advanced autonomous systems that require independent operation without human intervention such as automotive radar, 5G connectivity, security applications and environmental monitors. The reference flow provides companies with the highest levels of performance, security, and reliability for mmWave RF systems on TSMC's leading process technologies.  

"The modernization of sensing and perception capabilities using advanced mmWave technology is another step towards realizing autonomous systems," said Sanjay Bali, vice president of Strategy and Product Management for the EDA Group at Synopsys. "Our close collaboration with industry leaders including Ansys, Keysight and TSMC provides mutual customers with an open and optimized reference flow that delivers unmatched quality-of-results for advanced mmWave designs."

"TSMC works closely with our ecosystem partners to address increasing challenges in creating advanced RF and mmWave designs for next-generation autonomous systems," said Dan Kochpatcharin, head of the Design Infrastructure Management Division at TSMC. "The result of our collaboration with Synopsys, Ansys and Keysight will help mutual customers achieve design success with an optimized front-to-back design flow that takes full advantage of the power, performance, area, and productivity benefits of the TSMC 16FFC technology."

Open, Modern Design Flow Accelerates Autonomous Systems
The new mmWave design reference flow improves the autonomous system's sensitivity and reliability using a 79-GHz transmitter power amplifier design with efficient power conversion, along with a receiver low-noise amplifier design with low-noise figure. The reference flow integrates the following solution into a comprehensive design flow:

"The need for high-speed frequencies to support next-gen autonomous systems such as navigation, object recognition, decision making and control continues to grow," said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. "The combination of our signoff in chip and system multiphysics together with the Synopsys analog and mixed-signal design and verification solutions and RF design expertise from Keysight results in a robust design reference flow for TSMC's 16FCC process."

"Our close collaboration with Synopsys, Ansys, and TSMC gives mutual customers the solutions they need to push the boundaries of RF and mmWave design into applications for autonomous systems", said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager, PathWave Software Solutions at Keysight. "Keysight leverages its long history in high frequency electromagnetic simulation to bring these capabilities to TSMC workflows with this 79-GHz work. We've taken the next step in seamless integration of RFPro with the Synopsys' Custom Compiler environment to deliver highest levels of electromagnetic simulation accuracy and workflow efficiency. RFPro provides electromagnetic analysis and model generation of passive components and critical nets for autonomous systems targeting TSMC's 16FFC process technology. We've also integrated GoldenGate for pre- and post-layout RF simulations and verified the simulation results against TSMC's reference measured data."

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About Synopsys
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and offers the industry's broadest portfolio of application security testing tools and services. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing more secure, high-quality code, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative products. Learn more at

About Ansys
When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.
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About Keysight Technologies

At Keysight (NYSE: KEYS), we inspire and empower innovators to bring world-changing technologies to life. As an S&P 500 company, we’re delivering market-leading design, emulation, and test solutions to help engineers develop and deploy faster, with less risk, throughout the entire product lifecycle. We’re a global innovation partner enabling customers in communications, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, automotive, semiconductor, and general electronics markets to accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Learn more at Keysight Newsroom and

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