MtekVision Reduces Power, Achieves First-Pass with Magma Software

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that MtekVision, Korea’s largest fabless company, has successfully implemented a 3-million-gate Camera Signal Processor (CSP) for mobile applications using Magma’s Blast Fusion(R), Blast Power(TM), Blast Rail(TM) NX and Blast Noise(R). With the Magma software’s integrated low-power and physical design capabilities, MtekVision was able to meet their power, timing, signal integrity and area goals while accelerating the design cycle.

MtekVision has verified the chip’s functionality and power specification and has achieved first-pass silicon success on this ultra-low-power system on chip (SoC). As a result of the company’s success, MtekVision has standardized on Magma’s Blast Fusion flow for its COT flow.

“Designed specifically for mobile applications, low power consumption was an absolute requirement for this camera signal processor. Using Magma’s integrated low-power physical design solution enabled concurrent optimization for timing, power and noise, while shortening the design cycle time,” said Yong-Hwan Kim, principal engineer of MtekVision. “The Magma flow’s support for multiple power domains and other power-reduction techniques, such as automated isolation cell insertion increased design efficiency, while reducing the complexity in designing this multipower domain chip. We have verified that this CSP chip, consumes less than 0.5uA in the sleep mode in silicon. We are impressed with the software as well as the expertise and support of Magma Korea.”

“We’re pleased that MtekVision was able to reduce the implementation time and power significantly on this design,” said Charlie Shin, country manager for Magma Korea. “With MtekVison standardizing on Magma software, we are strengthening our relationship and commitment to providing the support and technology MtekVision needs for their low-power designs.”

Magma’s Integrated Low-Power and Physical Design Solution
In today’s extremely large and complex designs, implementing a reliable power network and minimizing power dissipation have become major challenges for design teams. Creating optimal low-power designs involves making tradeoffs such as timing-versus-power and area-versus-power at different stages of the design flow. Successful power-sensitive designs require engineers to have the ability to accurately and efficiently perform these tradeoffs.

Blast Fusion, Blast Power and Blast Rail provide a comprehensive low-power RTL-to-GDSII flow. In this system, 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 and a virtually flat, completely automated Multi-Vdd flow. MTCMOS switches are used to connect the global constant power rails to the local switched power rails. These switches effectively allow certain blocks in the design to be powered off depending on the mode of operation of the chip, thereby significantly reducing leakage power. Magma’s methodology supports insertion and sizing of different types of the MTCMOS switches such as global header/footer switches, distributed or fine grain header/footer switches and standard-cell-based switches. The transient voltage-drop analysis capability can be used to analyze power on/off times for the MTCMOS regions.

Blast Noise is Magma’s complete integrated signal integrity analysis and prevention solution. Blast Noise works concurrently with Blast Fusion throughout the implementation flow to automatically analyze and adjust a chip design to avoid crosstalk noise, crosstalk delay and signal electromigration (EM) problems. By automatically addressing these problems during physical design, Blast Noise eliminates the need for cumbersome post-layout analysis and repair, and ensures working silicon.

About MtekVision
MtekVision is a leading provider of camera control processor technology. The company, which was found in 1999 to provide a professional digital image solution, is the market leader in the camera control processor sector and mobile camera solution sector in Korea and abroad. In 2002, MtekVision revolutionized the Korean camera phone industry by being the first to develop the core image processing technology for camera phones. In 2003, the development of the image enhancing mega pixel camera control processor and ‘Easy OSD (On Screen Display)’ placed MtekVision in the forefront of the image processing industry. MtekVision is currently developing a camera applications processor for camcorder and 3D graphics functionality in mobile phones.

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