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Magma provides further details about IBM licensing agreement

Posted: 08 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:physical synthesis? routing? eda tool?

Magma Design Automation Inc. has released further details about the physical synthesis and routing technology that it has licensed from IBM Corp.

As reported recently, Magma and IBM extended an EDA patent cross-licensing agreement in a deal that included IBM getting a financial stake in Magma in the form of a warrant to purchase up to 500,000 shares of Magma common stock below market value. That agreement also included a joint R&D component in which Magma and IBM said they would collaborate on physical routing and synthesis.

Magma said that it plans to use the physical routing and synthesis technology to integrate algorithms into its products. These algorithms include analytical formulations for routing, which Magma said differ from the heuristic approaches used by most EDA companies and will result in reduced via count and yield improvement compared to existing EDA tools.

Magma said the licensing agreement is the beginning of an ongoing relationship in physical synthesis and routing between Magma, IBM and Germany's University of Bonn, which co-developed the technology with IBM through its Research Institute of Discrete Mathematics. Magma said the relationship would be focused on physical synthesis and routing addressing deep-submicron design, including lithography-aware routing.

In a statement issued by Magma Wednesday, Kevin Carswell, vice president of product technology development in IBM's Systems and Technology group, said IBM views the licensing agreement as an opportunity to expand its relationship with Magma and more broadly leverage the work of the University of Bonn.

"We expect Magma's use and extensions of the IBM technology will yield routing capabilities unparalleled by current offerings from other EDA companies," said Hamid Savoj, Magma senior vice president of product development "This represents unique technology in these areas that will benefit both Magma's customers and IBM's own internal teams."

- Dylan McGrath

EE Times

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