Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced the availability of an RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for system-on-chip (SoC) designs that incorporate POWERVRÃ¢â€ž¢ SGX graphics accelerator cores from Imagination Technologies, a leader in SoC intellectual property (IP). Based on Talus® 1.1, the latest release of Magmaâ€˜s design implementation system, the flow leverages the recently enhanced optimization capabilities of the Talus Design 1.1 synthesis tool and the Talus COreÃ¢â€ž¢ technology that performs timing optimization concurrently during routing.
Also included is the Talus Flow ManagerÃ¢â€ž¢ which provides an out-of-the-box reference flow that engineers can quickly and easily tune for their specific SGX-based designs. With the reference flow and Imagination Technologiesâ€˜ POWERVR graphics processors, designers can achieve faster overall design closure with better performance and predictability for their consumer and wireless multimedia processing applications.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dealing with the complexities of 65-nanometer and smaller process geometries is a significant challenge,Ã¢â‚¬ said Premal Buch, general manager of Magmaâ€˜s Design Implementation Business Unit. Ã¢â‚¬Å“By incorporating advanced capabilities such as early clock tree modeling, advanced crosstalk optimization, concurrent optimization during routing into Talus 1.1, and providing reference flows, Magma is equipping designers with the technology they need for silicon success.Ã¢â‚¬
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The drive to get to market faster than the competition is stronger than ever, so our customers donâ€˜t have time to waste setting up and validating design flows,Ã¢â‚¬ said Martin Ashton, vice president of POWERVR Visual IP at Imagination Technologies. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the Talus-based reference flow, our customers can design and deliver innovative SoC devices utilizing the industryâ€˜s most advanced graphics acceleration technologies in record time.Ã¢â‚¬
Talus: Fastest Path to SiliconÃ¢â€ž¢
Talus 1.1 was created to deliver optimal quality of results out of the box at advanced process nodes. It has already been used to tape out numerous production chips at 40 nanometers (nm), and is ready for designs at 32 nm and 28 nm.
Talus Design and Talus Vortex are key components of Magmaâ€˜s RTL-to-GDSII system. Talus Design performs RTL synthesis and physical optimization. Talus Vortex performs placement, clock tree synthesis and routing.
Talus COre Technology
The heart of the improvements in Talus 1.1 is its Concurrent Optimizing Routing Engine (COre) technology. At advanced geometries, complex resistance effects, increased via resistance and crosstalk can create a large timing disconnect between placed gates and final routing. Dealing with optimization and routing sequentially results in a suboptimal solution with unpredictable results. Traditional solutions optimize the design after routing to get the necessary accuracy, lengthening runtimes. Leveraging Magmaâ€˜s unique unified data model architecture, Talus COre applies the full scope of timing optimization concurrently during routing. Every aspect of the routing algorithms from topology generation to layer assignment, track assignment and DRC cleanup is timing and crosstalk aware. This allows design convergence and eliminates post-route timing surprises. Talus COre is coupled with Talusâ€˜ Standard Delay Format (SDF)-based optimization to remove the need for manual engineering change orders (ECOs) to close timing.
The addition of the Talus COre technology allows Talus 1.1 to deliver optimal quality of results out of the box for designs implemented in advanced process technologies. It has already been used to complete production designs where it provided runtime that was more than 5 times faster than competitive solutions. In customer beta testing on 40-nm designs ranging from 2 million to 4 million gates, with frequencies from 400 MHz to 800 MHz, Talus 1.1 produced 75 percent better timing with 10 percent fewer vias than competitive tools.
Talus Flow Manager
Talus 1.1 also introduces the new Talus Flow Manager that provides an out-of-the-box Talus RTL-to-GDSII design flow tuned to deliver optimal results. Designers can easily customize the reference flow and tailor it to their own requirements, developing specific flows for various projects or applications. Additional reference flows include templates for the implementation of multiple-voltage (MVdd), multiple-mode and multiple-corner (MMMC) designs, as well as low-power and high-performance designs. Ease of use and cost of adoption is dramatically improved through the use of these pre-qualified flows.
About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG) a global leader in multimedia and communication silicon technologies creates and licenses market-leading processor cores for graphics, video, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP and multi-standard communications applications. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoCs) are complemented by a strong array of software tools and drivers, as well as extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Licensees include many leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination Technologies has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. Visit Imagination Technologies on the Web at www.imgtec.com.
Magma's electronic design automation (EDA) software is used to create complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma products for IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization are recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, providing the world's top chip companies the "Fastest Path to Silicon."TM Magma maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma's stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at www.magma-da.com.
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Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements that Talus has been used to implement more 45-/40-nm designs than other implementation systems, offers faster runtime and timing convergence, reduces area and provides higher capacity of advanced designs and other statements about the features and benefits of Magmaâ€˜s products, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“safe harborÃ¢â‚¬ provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the ability of Magmaâ€˜s products to produce the desired results and Magmaâ€˜s ability to keep pace with rapidly changing technology. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). Magma undertakes no additional obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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