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Monterey upgrades IC implementation toolset

Posted: 07 Nov 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:monterey design automation? dolphin? physical implementation system? calypso? virtual prototyping system?

Claiming improved quality of results and faster run times, Monterey Design Automation has announced the shipment of v3.0 of its Dolphin physical implementation system. Monterey also announced shipment of its new Calypso virtual prototyping system.

Dolphin combines physical synthesis, clock tree synthesis, power network construction, physical implementation, extraction, and analysis into a single tool. Dolphin 3.0 claims to automatically reduce the timing of critical paths by as much as 10 percent. According to Monterey, this means that designers can expect improvements of 200ps to 300ps in slack and 500ps in slope in a 300MHz design.

Run-time performance has been improved such that full-chip IR drop can be calculated at the detailed placement level on a 9M gate design in <2 mins, according to the company. Dolphin 3.0 also adds full support for 90nm design rules, such as length/width dependent spacing optimization, obstruction-specific spacing requirements, stacked via rules, redundant via insertion, and metal fill rules.

Analysis capabilities have been enhanced so that the static timing analyzer considers the effects of IR drop on timing, and crosstalk is dynamically measured and updated during detailed routing. Dolphin 3.0 also has a "configurable" thermal map display that lets users choose design parameters to be displayed on a thermal map.

Meanwhile, Monterey announced the shipment of the initial version of Calypso, a new product created with technology from Monterey's Sonar floorplanner and Aristo Technology's IC Wizard RTL design planner. It claims to be the first offering to combine hierarchical design planning and silicon performance estimation into a single tool.

In July, Monterey announced that Calypso would become a flagship product for the company.

According to Monterey, Dolphin and Calypso customers include ST Microelectronics, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC, and LSI Logic. Monterey announced that Toshiba completed an 8M gate, multimedia SoC design using the Monterey silicon virtual prototyping tool suite.

Dolphin 3.0 and Calypso are available today on 32-bit Linux, and 32-bit and 64-bit Solaris platforms. Dolphin starts at $400,000 per year, while Calypso starts at $228,000.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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