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Magma, Virage Logic develop design flow

Posted: 30 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:magma design automation? virage logic? standard cell library? blast fusion? area?

Magma Design Automation Inc. and Virage Logic Corp. have announced that their joint collaboration has produced a design flow that works for both structured-ASIC and standard cell libraries.

Magma's Blast Fusion support for Virage Logic's Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Logic Metal Programmable Libraries has been validated by both companies and will be added to existing support for the ASAP Logic Standard Cell Libraries. According to both companies, this will enable mutual customers to make trade-offs between density, cost and performance according to their requirements.

"Working closely with Magma to support our ASAP Logic Metal Programmable Libraries provides our mutual customers with the added benefit of cutting costs and reducing turnaround time with mask generation in their structured-ASIC design flow," said Brani Buric, senior director of product marketing at Virage Logic. "Magma users now have the flexibility of mixing and matching our metal programmable and standard cell libraries on the same design to achieve maximum savings in overall chip costs."

Magma's structured-ASIC design flow is based on the company's existing ASIC design flow. According to the company, this makes it extremely easy for current Magma users to adopt because it uses the same GUI, design and analysis engines, and data model architecture. The unified data model and the newly deployed architecture-specific mapping and physical design deliver structured ASICs with higher quality of results, predictable performance and faster timing closure.

The ASAP Logic Metal Programmable Cell Libraries reduce overall mask costs by allowing minimum changes in masks to achieve any necessary product revisions or personalization of the chip. It also features up to a 30 percent reduction in logic area, resulting in at least a 10 percent cost reduction.

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