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SiliconBlue, Magma bolster tech collaboration

Posted: 26 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? SiliconBlue collaboration tech? 65nm?

SiliconBlue Technologies, one of the pioneers of ultralow power 65nm FPGA technology for consumer applications, has formalized a technical partnership with Magma Design Automation. The agreement facilitates close collaboration and co-development between the two companies to provide a comprehensive FPGA design environment for SiliconBlue's iCE65 FPGA product line, which was introduced in June.

Under the agreement, Magma's advanced, timing-driven physical synthesis and placement technologytailored for SiliconBlue's iCE65 architecturehas been fully integrated into SiliconBlue's iCEcube tool flow providing designers with a seamless FPGA design environment from concept to bitstream. The tools support standard constraint formats and provide comprehensive coverage of Verilog and VHDL languages. In addition, the tools take advantage of SiliconBlue's advanced NVCM (non-volatile configuration memory) technology at 65nm and future process nodes. The iCEcube 2008.9 is available immediately for download at

"Our partnership with Magma gives us and our customers access to proven, state-of-the-art logic and physical synthesis tools," said Kapil Shankar, CEO of SiliconBlue. "The integration of these tools will allow SiliconBlue customers to take full advantage of the benefits of our unique low-cost, low-power iCE65 FPGA product line. We look forward to continuing our co-development work with Magma."

"Reducing chip development costs through increased productivity, improved results and faster turnaround time is a key advantage of the Magma software," said Kevin Moynihan, general manager of Magma's design implementation business unit. "We're pleased to be working with SiliconBlue to make our superior technology available to a broader set of FPGA designers."

The response to SiliconBlue's low-power FPGAs has been exceptional; within a short period of three months, the company has more than 70 customer engagement/tool installations. Fusao Saito of TOMEN Electronics said, "We have designed the iCE65 device into an application for our leading-edge embedded solutionsomething that could not have been done with a traditional FPGA. SiliconBlue's single-chip NVCM technology fit our requirements for small space, low cost and easy-to-use tools, and it also allows us to meet critical time-to-market demands."

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