SigmaTel Adopts Magma Blast Create, Fusion, Noise, Power, Rail, Plan Pro

Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced SigmaTel (Nasdaq: SGTL), a leader in mixed-signal multimedia semiconductors, has adopted Blast Create(TM), Blast Fusion(R), Blast Noise(R), Blast Power(TM), Blast Rail(TM) and Blast Plan(TM) Pro for large, complex nanometer (nm) designs. SigmaTel cited the Magma system’s tight integration and ability to handle large designs flat as key to the decision. Superior customer support also played an important role.

“SigmaTel develops some of the most cutting-edge chips for multimedia applications,” said Bob Dunnigan, vice president of Engineering Services for SigmaTel. “We are adopting Magma software for our larger SoC designs at 90 nm and below because it provides a very stable and reliable integrated system. We believe the Magma system will enable SigmaTel to deliver more complex projects quickly and more efficiently than with multiple tools from multiple vendors.”

“As a leading provider of a wide range of digital multimedia products in the consumer electronics and computing markets, cost, performance and turnaround time are critical for SigmaTel,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “Their decision to adopt Magma’s IC implementation system is a strong endorsement of our software’s ability to address the challenges of 90-nm design.”

About Magma’s 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 enables rapid design closure, taking into account new nanometer design challenges such as on-chip variation (OCV).

Blast Plan Pro, Blast Rail, Blast Power and Blast Noise work in conjunction with Blast Create and Blast Fusion. The high-capacity hierarchical design planning and prototyping capabilities in Blast Plan Pro enable designers to minimize the cycle time for top-level analysis and optimization on large and complex designs. Blast Plan Pro leverages Magma’s unique GlassBox(TM) modeling technology to retain the relevant timing information in each block, allowing full optimization with minimal data. With Blast Rail and Blast Power, low-power analysis and optimization engines are integrated with – and applied throughout – the entire RTL-to-GDSII flow. Advanced capabilities are also provided such as MTCMOS switch insertion. Blast Noise is Magma’s complete integrated signal integrity analysis and prevention solution. Blast Noise works concurrently throughout the implementation flow to automatically analyze and adjust a chip design to avoid crosstalk noise, crosstalk delay and signal electromigration (EM) problems.

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.

Blast Fusion, Blast Noise and Magma and are registered trademarks, and Blast Create, Blast Plan, Blast Power, Blast Rail and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.