Calypto, Golden Gate and Sequence Join Power Forward Initiative

In response to strong industry support to quickly establish a single, open standard for power intent, the Power Forward Initiative (PFI), today announced that it continues to garner broad industry support for the standardization of the Common Power Format (CPF). EDA companies Calypto Design Systems, Inc., Golden Gate Technology Inc. and Sequence Design, Inc. are the latest to join the Initiative.

In order to accelerate the broad adoption of a single power-intent standard, the Power Forward Initiative, which was formed in May by key electronics-industry leaders, has already submitted a project authorization request (PAR) to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) to form a working group. Upon IEEE approval of the PAR, an IEEE Working Group will be formed to drive the standardization of the Common Power Format (CPF). Each of the new participants is expected to provide a member who will take an active role in the IEEE CPF Working Group.

“Successful standards need a broad user-based coalition,” said Jan Willis, senior vice president of Industry Alliances, Cadence Design Systems. “Fourteen companies are now involved in the creation of the Common Power Format and we are delighted that Gary Delp of LSI Logic has agreed to a chair position in the IEEE CPF Working Group.”

The Common Power Format specification aims to link design, verification and implementation to reduce risk and increase predictability in chip power reduction. To achieve its goal, the Power Forward Initiative charter calls for, among other things, the refinement of the CPF specification to capture all essential design intent for power and link the design, implementation and verification domains.

About the Power Forward Initiative
The Initiative was formed by bringing together advisors from industry-leading companies in May of 2006 with the goal of enabling the design and production of more power-efficient electronic devices. The advisors are taking part in the review and refinement of the Common Power Format that captures essential design intent for power and links the design, implementation and verification domains. Participants in the Power Forward Initiative include Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, Inc., ARM, ATI Technologies Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Calypto Design Systems, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Limited, Golden Gate Technology Inc., NEC Electronics Corp., Sequence Design, Inc., and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.