Toshiba Deploys Magma's Talus IC Implementation Software for 90-, 65- and 40-nm Process Nodes

Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that Toshiba Corporation, the world's leading supplier of semiconductors for consumer electronics, has deployed Magma's Talus(r) IC implementation software for developing ICs at 90-, 65- and 40-nanometer (nm) process nodes that target multimedia, networking and printer applications, in Toshiba worldwide design centers. Toshiba adopted Talus after an extensive evaluation that proved the software's ability to drastically reduce turnaround time, increase designer productivity and improve quality of results. Toshiba deployed Magma design implementation software in Toshiba's Apex flows in 2001, and now has finished multiple designs including 65-nm and 40-nm tapeouts using Talus through its Apex 4.0 flow.

"Toshiba has demanding delivery schedules and performance requirements, and Magma has been instrumental in enabling us to address ever-increasing design and market challenges," said Takashi Yoshimori, Assistant Chief Technology Executive of SoC design, Semiconductor Company, Toshiba Corporation. "Talus recently allowed us to reduce turnaround time drastically and improve leakage power and area for a multi-mode SoC design with more than 10 million gates. Based on this achievement and proven track record, we are now implementing our 90-, 65- and 40-nm designs with Talus."

"For Toshiba and its customers, reducing turnaround time is key," said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit. "Toshiba's adoption of Talus firmly establishes Magma's software as the fastest path to silicon."

Talus: The Platform for Nanometer IC Design

Magma's Talus IC implementation is a completely unified RTL-to-GDSII system with advanced capabilities for nanometer design. To address shorter time-to-market windows, Talus is the first implementation solution to multi-process the entire IC design flow. Its front-end design system provides logic designers with a fast, high-capacity, physically aware synthesis capability. Its physical design system addresses variability and multi-mode/multi-corner complexity with new optimization, place and route, and clock tree synthesis technology. To reduce leakage and dynamic power, Talus also provides a complete low-power design system. To improve manufacturability and reliability, Talus provides built-in design-for-manufacturing (DFM) features such as redundant via and litho-aware routing for yield optimization.

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