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SiliconSmart ACE from Magma Supports UMC’s Move Towards 28-nm Technology

Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that UMC has standardized on SiliconSmart ACE for standard cell and I/O cell characterization and modeling.

UMC conducted a thorough evaluation of multiple IP characterization tools from leading electronic design automation (EDA) vendors. SiliconSmart ACE was shown to meet the accuracy, throughput and quality of results UMC required. Magma's world-class technical support was also influential in UMC's decision to standardize on SiliconSmart ACE.

The benchmark used the latest UMC process technology and took a complete library from transistor-level description through SPICE simulation and model generation. The created libraries were further validated to ensure a seamless fit in UMC's advanced methodology and flow. Leveraging the embedded FineSim™ SPICE simulator, SiliconSmart ACE delivered fast throughput, accurate models and advanced library validation capabilities.

"As we move toward 28-nanometer process technology, having a fast, accurate characterization and modeling methodology is more important than ever," said Stephen Fu, division director, IP Development and Design Support Division at UMC. "Through the benchmark process, we determined that SiliconSmart ACE's capabilities and product roadmap more than meet our current and future characterization and simulation requirements."

"By embedding the ultra-fast FineSim simulator and leveraging Magma's proprietary optimization technology, SiliconSmart ACE provides fast, accurate timing, power and noise characterization and modeling," said Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit. "The results of this benchmark and UMC's decision to standardize on SiliconSmart ACE for development of IP once again demonstrate Magma's leadership position in the IP characterization market."

Magma will demonstrate SiliconSmart ACE and its entire line of chip design software in Booth 602 at the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC) June 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim.


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