Magma Adds Altera Stratix III Support to Blast FPGA

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, today announced that Blast FPGA(TM), Magma’s industry-leading synthesis tool for programmable logic, is solidifying its entry into the FPGA synthesis market by providing support for the new 65-nanometer (nm) Stratix III FPGA family introduced separately today by Altera Corporation. Early access software is available now from Magma.

Blast FPGA is specifically designed to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power FPGA designs, and can take full advantage of Stratix III’s advanced FPGA architecture. By building its unique design flow on top of the FPGA physical design framework, Blast FPGA offers significantly better timing for a majority of designs. This approach not only creates a starting point for placement optimization, but also accelerates timing closure.

Altera’s new high-end Stratix III FPGAs are the industry’s lowest-power, high-performance FPGAs. The Stratix III family is designed to deliver 50 percent lower power, 25 percent higher performance and twice the density of its Stratix II predecessor, and is available in three family variants — a logic-optimized family, an enhanced-feature family with more memory and DSP blocks, and a family with integrated multi-gigabit transceivers. With these family variants, Stratix III devices provide ideal solutions for a rich array of customer applications.

“Stratix III devices enable high-end FPGA designers to design with confidence and successfully bring their end systems to market. Our work with Magma benefits our customers by allowing them to meet their specific design requirements through performance optimization and better area utilization when designing with our Stratix III devices,” said Danny Biran, vice president of Product and Corporate Marketing at Altera. “Magma’s Blast FPGA offers an effective blend of increased automation and advanced technology, maximizing productivity and ensuring that designers can quickly, confidently reach design closure.”

“The Stratix III family of high-performance FPGAs reflects Altera’s leadership in providing integrated programmable logic solutions,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of the Design Implementation Business Unit at Magma. “Combining Blast FPGA’s 10-percent-average area reduction with the performance and power attributes of Stratix III helps enable designers to get the best performance out of their designs at the lowest power consumption. We are pleased to offer optimized support for Altera’s 65-nm Stratix III FPGA family.”

About Blast FPGA
Blast FPGA interfaces with FPGA implementation tools and supports vendor-specific design constraints, netlists and IP or library blocks. Blast FPGA also provides a fast, simple and fully automated synthesis solution to meet aggressive timing goals with minimal effort. High-level technology-independent optimizations and area minimization allow customers to reduce area utilization and fit designs into smaller FPGA devices.

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.

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