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NEC achieves first pass silicon using Sierra Pinnacle

Posted: 13 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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NEC Electronics America Inc. has used Sierra Pinnacle to produce first-pass functional silicon on a design with four million gates and with a core frequency of 367MHz in 150nm technology.

John Fallin, general manager, design solutions center, NEC, said, "During the prototyping phase, Sierra was used to quickly analyze various floorplans and identify missing constraints. During the implementation phase, Pinnacle successfully exceeded the performance targets: operating 10 percent faster, using two watts less power, and reducing buffer count while concurrently optimizing at eight process corners."

Fallin added, " In addition to reducing the number of iterations, Sierra's run times were also very impressive: 30 minutes for a prototyping run and about four hours for an implementation run. Pinnacle enabled us to achieve high performance quickly by minimizing the number of iterations for large complex chips."

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