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TSMC Qualifies Magma's Titan Platform to Support 40-nm iPDKs

Published on May 18, 2010 at 6:47 AM

Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that TSMC has qualified Magma's Titan™ mixed-signal platform to support the interoperability and accuracy requirements of the TSMC 40-nanometer (nm) Interoperable Process Design Kit (iPDK).

Titan was qualified to support the TSMC 65-nm iPDK in 2009. iPDKs eliminate the need to develop and use multiple proprietary PDKs and design databases, enabling full reuse of design data. The combination of Titan's advanced capabilities and the accurate process models and process data provided in the iPDK provides designers with the fastest path to 65- and 40-nm mixed-signal silicon.

In addition to Titan support for 65-nm and 40-nm iPDKs, a number of key Magma products were previously qualified to support TSMC's interoperable electronic design automation (EDA) technology files. Quartz™ RC is qualified for the 65-, 45- and 40-nm interoperable interconnect extraction (iRCX) format, QuickCap™ NX is qualified for TSMC's 40-nm iRCX, and Quartz LVS is qualified for TSMC's 40-nm interoperable layout-versus-schematic (iLVS) formats.

"The unmatched level of collaboration between TSMC and EDA vendors demonstrates mutual commitment to helping customers achieve first-time silicon success," said Tom Quan, deputy director of design service marketing at TSMC. "Magma has played an important role in validating interoperability and the quality of the iPDKs and we're pleased to certify that Titan meets TSMC's iPDK quality standards."

"Mixed-signal system-on-chip (SoC) designs allow designers to incorporate significantly more functionality onto a single chip, but are much more difficult to implement than a strictly digital or analog chip," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "By working together to validate the iPDK with Titan, Magma and TSMC make it much easier for designers to adopt best-in-class tools and to accelerate the mixed-signal SoC design flow without any loss of accuracy or performance."

Titan: Fastest Path to Mixed-Signal Silicon

Titan is the first truly unified, open platform that enables integration of digital standard-cell design with analog circuit design. Titan natively supports OpenAccess API and emerging industry standards such as the iPDK. The Titan platform offers schematic and layout editors with the full set of features required for full-custom design.

Titan ADX, an integral part of Magma's Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform, focuses on solving analog/mixed-signal design, optimization and porting challenges. Its new, model-based approach allows circuit optimization and porting in a fraction of the time required by traditional simulation-based techniques. Titan ADX takes the guesswork out of analog design, while reducing power and area up to 50 percent. ADX technology enables product groups to push the design envelope for extreme performance, to center the design for multiple process, voltage and temperature (PVT) corner cases, and to reduce power and jitter.

Titan Layout Editor provides fast access and edit times, and the ability to view and modify the digital placed-and-routed data. Coupled with a fast, shape-based, analog-aware router, Titan Layout Editor gives designers options that range from full custom to full automation to meet specific circuit requirements. These features make Titan an ideal environment for full-custom design as well as chip-level planning, assembly and finishing.

Source: http://www.magma-da.com/index.aspx

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