Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that Quartz(TM) DRC and Quartz LVS rule decks are available for TSMC 180-nanometer (nm) process technologies. With this addition, designers can now download 40-nm, 65-nm, 90-nm, 130-nm and 180-nm rule decks for Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS from the TSMC-Online(SM) website.
"We have been working with Magma's Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS for advanced process nodes for several years, and have tested their accuracy using the same rigorous testing procedures we use for all DRC and LVS tools," said Tom Quan, deputy director of Design Service Marketing at TSMC. "In response to customer demand, we have now expanded support for Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS to include 180 nm."
Quartz DRC and Quartz 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. The Quartz tools are fully compatible with third-party IC implementation flows and can read file formats used by traditional physical verification tools.
"TSMC has been a key foundry partner with Magma, and our mutual customers have used Quartz physical verification solutions to tape out some of the largest, most aggressive designs in the world," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "Many ICs are still being implemented in lower-cost 180-nm processes. Now that TSMC has made 180-nm rule decks available, more designers will be able to leverage the speed and accuracy of Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS."