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Magma creates structured ASIC flow for ChipX

Posted: 17 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:magma design? asic? chipx? rtl-to-gdsii? design flow?

Magma Design Automation Inc. and structured ASIC vendor ChipX Corp. have put together a unified RTL-to-GDSII design flow based on Magma's Blast Create and Blast Fusion for designers targeting ChipX structured ASICs.

According to the companies, the flow will be used by mutual customers and by ChipX to deliver low-cost structured ASIC designs. It will also be used to migrate FPGA designs to ChipX's structured ASIC platforms.

The flow initially targets ChipX's CX5000 structured ASIC family but will also target future ChipX offerings.

The unified flow offers structure-specific optimizations to maximize utilization and performance, they said. It also features advanced physical synthesis technology tailored for the ChipX architecture to handle physical site constraints and overlapping site locations.

The flow also offers heterogeneous placement to simultaneously place cells and macros, including the placement of a large number of embedded and distributed memory blocks. Also, it features timing, power and signal integrity analysis integrated with synthesis, floorplanning, placement and routing, clock tree synthesis, physical timing optimization and RC extraction to ensure fast turnaround time and design closure.

The companies said they would demonstrate the flow at Magma's upcoming users group meeting. More details on the design flow can be found at Magma's website.

- Mike Santarini

EE Times

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