Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced it has donated specifications for its low-power technology to Accellera, an EDA industry standards organization, as part of Accellera’s low-power standardization effort. The specifications target requirements for logic synthesis, physical synthesis, library modeling, power analysis, special cells, design-for-test (DFT) and automatic test pattern generation (ATPG).
Magma’s comprehensive power management solution is production proven by some of the largest consumer device manufacturers in products ranging from smart phones and digital cameras to PDAs. Developed in response to many customers in the wireless and consumer markets who are concerned about power consumption and battery life, Magma’s solution encompasses the entire RTL-to-GDSII design implementation flow.
“Accellera welcomes Magma’s Common Requirements for Low-Power Standardization donation,” said Shrenik Mehta, chairman at Accellera. “We are very excited to see Magma collaborating with other EDA vendors and users in developing a standard in this area. As a major EDA player, Magma’s participation is much appreciated.”
Accellera’s Unified Power Format Technical Subcommittee (UPF-TSC) is spearheading the effort to bring more standardization to power management within EDA. Magma’s automated, unified RTL-to-GDSII power management flow requires low-power directives to be specified only once at the start of the flow, eliminating the need to duplicate information and the risk of introducing errors. With concise and consistent specifications and a compatible implementation flow, designers can achieve precise power management and improved results.
“We are pleased to participate in this truly open and inclusive effort by Accellera,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “Working closely with our worldwide customers we’ve developed effective solutions that address power management challenges in complex SoCs for wireless, handheld, mobile applications. We think the entire design and EDA tools community can indeed benefit from our contributions to Accellera’s Unified Power Format Technical Subcommittee.”
Accellera provides design and verification standards for quick availability and use in the electronics industry. The organization and its members cooperatively deliver much-needed EDA standards that lower the cost of designing commercial IC and EDA products. As a result of Accellera’s partnership with the IEEE, Accellera standards are provided to the IEEE standards body for formalization and ongoing change control. Over the years, Accellera has developed eight standards that have been ratified by the IEEE. Accellera’s recent successes in advanced design and verification language standards include SystemVerilog and PSL.
Magma’s software for integrated circuit (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.
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