Sequence Receives Patent for Optimizing Multi-Threshold CMOS Designs

Sequence Design, the EDA leader in power-aware SoC design solutions, today announced it has extended its technology lead by adding the 22nd patent to the company’s design-technology portfolio. U.S. Patent No. 7,117,457 has been granted to Jerry Frenkil, Sequence’s general manager, Silicon Business Unit, CTO and VP of R&D, and describes a new “current scheduling system and method for optimizing MTCMOS (Multi-Threshold CMOS) designs.”

“This one-of-a-kind technology becomes more significant for each process advance as standby-leakage power threatens to increase exponentially in the years ahead,” Frenkil said. “It is the first fully automatic method for optimizing MTCMOS designs for worst-case current flow and voltage drop.”

Frenkil currently holds six of Sequence’s 22 U.S. patents, and the company has four additional low-power-design patents pending approval.

“Our ongoing commitment to R&D continues to bear fruit with breakthrough advances such as this new patented technology,” said Vic Kulkarni, Sequence president and CEO. “Leakage power is a paramount concern with our customers as they move to 65nm, and this new approach will be a key tool in overcoming this growing challenge.”

About Sequence
Sequence Design accelerates the ability of SoC designers to bring high-performance, power-aware ICs quickly to market. Sequence’s power and signal- integrity software solutions give customers the competitive advantage necessary to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite the demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design. Sequence serves over 150 customers worldwide, in application segments such as consumer, wireless, mobile computing, multimedia, cell phones, digital cameras, network-on-chip processors, and other power-sensitive markets. The company was named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 10 companies to watch in the electronics industry, and was recently selected as one of high-tech’s Top 100 companies by siliconindia magazine. Sequence has worldwide development and field-service operations and is privately held.