Innovative fabless startup GiQuila, specializing in low-power design for next-generation portables, has achieved 90nm success using Sequence Design’s CoolTime for timing and signal integrity.
The company’s first 90nm tapeout is a multimedia, 3D graphic chip with multiple hierarchies and clock domains according to GiQuila CEO, Mike Cai. “We quickly achieved a successful tapeout with Sequence on this challenging project,” Cai said. “They were on top of this project during our tapeout time, and resolved all of our engineering issues quickly and effectively.”
Cai said they have adopted CoolTime as a standard part of their Magma design flow for all future projects, and are currently using it for the next-generation multimedia and 3D graphics chip. “CoolTime is the signoff tool for GiQuila, providing concurrent analysis of voltage drop, timing, and SI, making it ideal for this extremely power-sensitive, multi-million gate design,” Cai said. “On large designs, you must account for all of these effects in a single engine or face endless, unproductive loops – we feel Sequence gives us the best chance of producing accurate silicon as early as possible.”
CoolTime provides the most accurate and highest capacity dynamic voltage drop analysis and optimization within a concurrent analysis engine for voltage drop, power, electromigration, timing, and signal integrity. Eliminating the need for multiple point tools and iterations, CoolTime is the only nanometer SoC design tool that takes dynamic voltage drop into account while computing timing and signal integrity in a single tool. Sequence’s award-winning Columbus extraction technology allows accurate power-grid parasitic extraction supporting advanced copper modeling and metal-fill effects.
GiQuila Corporation is a privately held fabless semiconductor company in the design, development, and marketing of graphics and multimedia ICs with related software for the handheld wireless device market. The company’s mission is to provide the mass market with the capability of accessing rich graphics and multimedia content anywhere and anytime on wireless handheld devices. Combining low power architecture and design with dynamic power management, GiQuila’s 3D graphics chips will give consumers the same immersive experience they have found on PCs and game consoles, but with far less power consumption. With GiQuila, all-day interactive computing will be tethered no more!