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Magma, SMIC partner on 90nm ref flow

Posted: 12 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Magma Design Automation? SMIC? Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.? reference flow? 90nm?

Magma Design Automation Inc. and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) announced the availability of an advanced IC implementation reference flow for SMIC's 90nm low-power process featuring Magma's Blast Power, Blast Fusion and Blast Create.

The Magma-SMIC flow utilizes SMIC's 90nm standard cell and IO libraries, along with Magma's low power synthesis and multi-VDD design flow, to address the three major concerns of power management: dynamic power, leakage power and power distribution.

According to the press release, Blast Power is a key component of Magma's low-power design methodology. It optimizes dynamic power with flexible voltage islands that selectively shut down different regions of a chip, and meets leakage power requirements with libraries that automatically select the cells most suitable to control leakage, and it uses automatic power grid synthesis to enable optimal power distribution.

''The availability of Magma's low-power RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for our 90nm process demonstrates both companies' commitment to helping our customers deliver complex, low-power ICs faster," said Paul Ouyang, vice president of design services at SMIC.

''Our design flow provides low-power capabilities that are critical for our customers who are competing in many high-growth markets, including wireless and handheld devices," said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma's Design Implementation Business Unit.

The low-power reference flow guides designers through an RTL-to-GDSII methodology enabling fast, optimal timing-versus-power and area-versus-power tradeoffs at different stages of the implementation flow. With the ability to address power considerations during implementation and within a single environment, designers can minimize the power consumption of the design and reduce turnaround time, the companies said.

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