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IP building blocks accelerate analog design

Posted: 14 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:analog design? IP core? ADC macro cells?

Magma Design Automation Inc., manufacturer of chip design software, and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, maker of microelectronic systems and devices, have forged a partnership to provide process-independent Titan FlexCell models of the Institute's analog intellectual property (IP) cores.

The partnership will give Fraunhofer access to Titan analog design accelerators and FineSim SPICE simulation technology, and will help in creating models of complex analog cells, including ADC. Magma and Fraunhaofer claim that developers will be able to speed up analog design execution with the availability of a larger array of Titan FlexCells and expert consulting services.

According to Johann Hauer, chip design expert of Fraunhofer IIS, FlexCell models will be developed to enable design teams to quickly adapt and integrate Fraunhofer's analog IP into mixed-signal designs. "Our first implementations will be ADC macro cells. One of the major strengths of our institution is the ability to model circuits and systems. We believe the FlexCell process-independent representation and the Titan suite of accelerators is an ideal way to deliver our analog IP," he added.

"The company's analog IP and design consultancy, coupled with our best-in-class analog design infrastructure provides a winning solution," stated Anirudh Devgan, general manager of Magma's Custom Design Business Unit.

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