Magma Design Automation (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, and Chengdu ICC (CDICC), a government-funded organization that promotes integrated circuit (IC) design in Chengdu, today announced the recent opening of a joint IC design lab. Established in the National IC Design Chengdu Industrial Base, one of seven technology incubation parks in China, the lab will provide local designers with access to Magma's advanced analog and digital IC design software and comprehensive training programs.
"Chengdu Hi-tech is focused on building the semiconductor industry in western China," said Duan Zhigang, vice director of Chengdu Hi-tech Zone Innovation Service Center. "We work with leading IC design companies, wafer fabs, test and assembly providers, and other associated enterprises, including Fujitsu, Conexant, Freescale, Intel, SMIC, Panovasic, CSMSC, GoldTel and IPGoal, to create a complete industrial supply chain. With closer cooperation with Magma and the establishment of the Chengdu ICC-Magma IC design lab we further enhance the advantages of doing semiconductor business in western China."
"Designers in China and the rest of the world are facing increasing complexity, power, area, cost and time-to-market challenges," said Rajeev Madhavan, CEO of Magma Design Automation. "By making the Magma software and training available in the new lab, we can work more closely with our customers in Chengdu to help them overcome these challenges and train engineers in local design services companies to provide additional resources."
The joint lab will help IC design companies develop technical expertise, shorten the design cycle, accelerate the time to market for their products, and improve their ability to meet the demands of the international semiconductor market. Magma will offer technical training on its Talus® and FineSim™ software to IC design companies in the National IC Design Chengdu Industrial Base. Talus, an integrated IC implementation platform, is used by many of the world's top chip companies to develop complex chips in 45/40-nm process technology. FineSim, a complete simulation platform, is the industry's first circuit simulator to truly support multi-CPU simulation, providing three to four times faster simulation than traditional simulators while maintaining accuracy.