PLX Implements ExpressLane PEX 8548 with Magma Blast Design Flow

Magma(R) Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that PLX Technology, the leading supplier of PCI Express(R) (PCIe) and other standard input/output (I/O) interconnect, implemented the PLX(R) ExpressLane(TM) PEX 8548 — the industry’s first 48-lane, nine-port PCIe switching device that PLX introduced recently — using Magma’s RTL-to-GDSII integrated circuit (IC) design solution. With Magma’s Blast Create(TM) synthesis, Blast Plan(TM) Pro prototyping and floor-planning, Blast Fusion(R) physical design, Blast Noise(R) signal integrity, and Blast Power(TM) low-power design software, PLX was able to achieve design closure on the complex, multimillion-gate switch. PLX cited Magma’s advanced technology and world-class support as an important element in the switch’s design success.

“The PEX 8548 features the highest lane count, lowest latency and most flexibility of any PCI Express switch, and was, therefore, a complicated device to design,” said George Apostol, PLX vice president of engineering. “By selecting Magma’s innovative software and support, we were able to streamline the PEX 8548′s design time dramatically. We were looking for a design approach that enabled us to deliver robust, cost-optimized silicon on an aggressive schedule, and we chose Magma for their demonstrated quality of results, efficient implementation methodology and close working relationship.”

“With the rapid adoption of PCI Express technology across a broad range of industries, PLX’s market-leading position depends on their designers having a reliable flow that enables them to meet the standard’s requirements and their customers’ tight delivery schedules,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “The fact that Magma software was able to quickly achieve design closure on this complex design is a clear demonstration of the advantages of Magma’s integrated approach.”

About the PLX PEX 8548
The PLX PEX 8548 is the industry’s only 48-lane, nine-port PCIe switching device. The switch boasts the industry’s highest lane count, lowest latency (under 110ns) of any high-density switch, true peer-to-peer support (available in no other vendors’ switches), and nine highly configurable ports (up to x16 wide) with a programmable upstream port and cross-link capability enabling dual-host configurations. This array of features, unique to PLX, makes the PEX 8548 an ideal choice for server, backplane storage and router applications.

About Magma’s Integrated RTL-to-GDSII Flow
Magma provides a complete RTL-to-GDSII flow within a single executable. Blast Create and Blast Fusion are the cornerstones of the integrated flow. Blast Create is an RTL-to-placed-gates system that enables logic designers to synthesize, visualize, evaluate and improve the quality of their RTL code, design constraints, testability requirements and floorplan. Blast Create integrates fast, full-featured, high-capacity logic and physical synthesis capabilities, full and incremental static timing analysis, design for test (DFT) analysis and synthesis, and power analysis. Blast Fusion is a physical design solution that includes optimization, place and route, useful skew clock generation, floorplanning and power planning, RC extraction and a single, built-in incremental timing analyzer. Based on Magma’s unified data model, Blast Fusion accurately predicts final timing prior to detailed placement, eliminates timing closure iterations and accelerates time to market for large, complex deep-submicron designs. Blast Power and Blast Noise work in conjunction with Blast Fusion. Blast Power provides power optimization and management capabilities. Blast Noise provides signal integrity analysis and prevention capabilities. By automatically addressing these problems during physical design, Blast Power and Blast Noise eliminate the need for cumbersome post-layout analysis and repair while reducing power and ensuring working silicon.

About PLX
PLX Technology, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, is a leading supplier of PCI Express, and other standard I/O interconnect silicon to the communications, server, storage, embedded-control, and consumer industries. The PLX solution provides a competitive edge to our customers through an integrated combination of high-performance silicon, hardware and software design tools, and partnerships. These innovative solutions enable our customers to develop equipment with industry-leading performance, scalability and reliability. Furthermore, the combination of PLX product features and supporting infrastructure allow customers to bring their designs to market faster. PLX PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express, and USB devices are designed into a wide variety of applications across multiple industries. In addition to its headquarters in the United States, PLX has offices in China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, while also supporting customers through distributors, sales representatives and an on-demand customer-relationship-management system.

About Magma
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.

Magma, Blast Fusion and Blast Noise are registered trademarks and Blast Create, Blast Plan, Blast Power and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation. PLX Technology is a registered trademark of PLX Technology.