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Digital implementation platform promises scalabilities

Posted: 05 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RTL-to-GDSII? 45nm 32nm platform? multicore design?

Promising scalability and support for parallel processing across the design flow, Cadence Design Systems Inc. rolled out Encounter Digital Implementation System, RTL-to-GDSII configurable digital implementation platform geared toward the 45nm and 32nm nodes.

According to Cadence, the Encounter Digital Implementation System introduces several new and enhanced implementation and design closure technologies. The product also offers automated floorplan synthesis, design exploration and a robust ranking solution to help designers evaluate and choose between floorplan and design options, Cadence said.

Solution's capabilities
The Encounter Digital Implementation System incorporates "signoff-quality" variation analysis and optimization across the entire design flow and integrated global diagnostic tools for timing, clock and power consumption analysis and debug, according to the company.

Dave Desharnais, group director of the Cadence digital implementation group, stressed the global clock debug capability, calling it the product's "killer app." He said the intuitive, easy-to-use capability performs instance-and-path-finding analysis and identifies exactly what areas of a design are preventing it from reaching timing specifications. He also highlighted the product's signoff-quality analysis capabilities, first introduced in the Encounter Timing System two years ago.

The Encounter Digital Implementation System incorporates manufacturing-aware and variation-aware implementation and an end-to-end multicore infrastructure for fast, predictable design closure, according to Cadence. Other novel features of the product include technologies for silicon virtual prototyping, die-size exploration and RTL and physical synthesis, Cadence said.

'Few hiccups'
Albert Chen, a field applications and marketing manager for Faraday Technology Corp., said he has been working with the Encounter Digital Implementation System for about a year and a half and is pleased with it.

"Like all upgrades there have been a few hiccups," Chen said. "But the support for CPS [Cadence's Common Power Format] and low-power design methodology have been a big plus."

Cadence said the Encounter Digital Implementation System is now available. Pricing information was not disclosed.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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