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Magma to prototype Enuclia's designs in FPGAs, ASICs

Posted: 28 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:blast create? blast plan pro? enuclia semiconductor? fpga? asic?

Magma Design Automation Inc.'s front-end design tools, Blast Create and Blast Plan Pro have been selected by Enuclia Semiconductor to prototype designs in FPGAs and structured ASICs, and then move them into to Enuclia's ASIC/COT (customer-owned tooling) design flow.

Using Magma's unified synthesis flow, Enuclia says its engineering team has a straightforward process for migrating from FPGA prototyping to structured ASICs for low-volume field testing, then to standard cell ASIC designs for production release. Magma's unified synthesis flow can immediately assess trade-offs in area, performance, and power early in the design cycle to provide hardware implementation options to designers, Enuclia added.

The Blast Plan Pro provides for virtual prototyping and partitioning of large designs into manageable blocks. It also uses its patented GlassBox abstraction technology for accurate budgeting of the chip-level timing constraints among the top-level blocks. Each block can then be implemented concurrently and modeled as a Glass Box for full-chip extraction and timing signoff, power analysis, crosstalk fixing, clock tree synthesis, and final assembly.

Meanwhile, the integrated flow offers time-to-market and performance benefits for companies developing FPGAs and ASICs from different vendors. By deploying Magma's flow in its design environment, Enuclia can use the same RTL, standard scripts, design constraints, and user interface across platforms.

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