Best-in-Class Turnaround Time Meets Aggressive Design Schedule Requirements

Published on August 25, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Magma(r) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that its Quartz(tm) DRC has been deployed by NVIDIA Corp. as the primary physical verification checker for designs targeted at 40-nanometer (nm) and smaller process nodes.

NVIDIA, which invented the graphics processing unit and continues to lead its development, is using the Magma physical verification tools for applications ranging from custom cell development to full-chip verification. NVIDIA selected Quartz for 40 nm and below after use on multiple 65-nm designs and finding they delivered significantly faster turnaround time than existing physical verification tools.

"We have been using Magma's Quartz physical verification solution in production since we moved to the 65-nm process node, and it has proven to be both accurate and significantly faster than other solutions," said James Chen, VLSI technology manager at NVIDIA. "Through dozens of tapeouts, we've seen that Quartz provides the sign-off accuracy needed via certified runsets provided by our foundry partners. Though design sizes and rule complexity have increased significantly, we've been able to meet aggressive design schedules by leveraging Quartz's linear scalability on standard, low-memory Linux machines."

Quartz DRC and LVS are architected to process integrated circuit (IC) designs of any size, at any technology node, in the least amount of time. Magma's is the first truly scalable physical verification solution, able to provide turnaround time that is up to an order of magnitude faster than existing solutions while using existing compute resources. The Quartz tools are fully compatible with third-party IC implementation flows and can read file formats used by traditional physical verification tools.

"Quartz DRC and LVS have enabled silicon success for a wide range of customers, including those doing the most advanced designs in the world," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "NVIDIA's decision to deploy Quartz as the primary physical verification design rule checker for 40-nm and smaller process nodes is an endorsement of the software's ability to provide the fastest turnaround-time while using very cost-effective hardware systems."

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.

Magma is a registered trademark, and Quartz and "Fastest Path to Silicon" are trademarks, of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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