Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981) jointly announced today the availability of an advanced IC implementation reference flow for SMIC’s 90-nanometer (nm) low-power process featuring Magma’s Blast Power(TM), Blast Fusion(R) and Blast Create(TM). The Magma-SMIC flow utilizes SMIC’s 90-nm standard cell and IO libraries, along with Magma’s low power synthesis and multi-VDD design flow, to address the three major concerns of power management: dynamic power, leakage power and power distribution.
Blast Power is a key component of Magma’s low-power design methodology. Blast Power optimizes dynamic power with flexible voltage islands that selectively shut down different regions of a chip, it meets leakage power requirements with libraries that automatically select the cells most suitable to control leakage, and it uses automatic power grid synthesis to enable optimal power distribution.
“The availability of Magma’s low-power RTL-to-GDSII reference flow for our 90-nm process demonstrates both companies’ commitment to helping our customers deliver complex, low-power ICs faster,” said Paul Ouyang, vice president of Design Services at SMIC. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Magma to provide leading-edge solutions that meet the low-power design needs of our customers.”
“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with SMIC, a leader in IC manufacturing, by offering this new 90-nm flow,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “Our design flow provides low-power capabilities that are critical for our customers who are competing in many high-growth markets, including wireless and handheld devices.”
The low-power reference flow guides designers through an RTL-to-GDSII methodology enabling fast, optimal timing-versus-power and area-versus-power tradeoffs at different stages of the implementation flow. With the ability to address power considerations during implementation and within a single environment, designers can minimize the power consumption of the design and reduce turnaround time.
Introduction of the Magma-SMIC 90-nm flow completes Magma’s portfolio of 90-nm reference flows available with major foundries in the world.
SMIC (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing service at 0.35mm to 90nm and finer line technologies. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC operates three 200mm fabs in Shanghai and one in Tianjin, and one 300mm fab in Beijing, the first of its kind in Mainland China. SMIC has customer service and marketing offices in the U.S., Italy, and Japan as well as a representative office in Hong Kong.
Magma’s software for IC design is recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology. The world’s top chip companies use Magma’s EDA software to design and verify complex, high-performance ICs for communications, computing, consumer electronics and networking applications, while at the same time reducing design time and costs. Magma provides software for IC implementation, analysis, physical verification, characterization and programmable logic design; and the company’s integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow offers “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon(TM).” Magma is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices around the world. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.
Blast Fusion and Magma are registered trademarks and Blast Power, Blast Create and “The Fastest RTL-to-Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation.