IBM Selects Magma's QuickCap NX as Golden 3D Extraction Standard

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced that IBM(R) (Nasdaq: IBM) has expanded use of Magma’s QuickCap(R) NX parasitic capacitance extraction software as its golden 3-D extraction reference standard for advanced process technologies. IBM is also using Magma’s QuickInd(TM) as the standard for comparing inductance extraction of IBM layout parasitic extraction (LPE) decks.

QuickCap NX will be used by IBM’s extraction research and development team to correlate full-chip parasitic extraction data to 3-D extraction data across all IBM technologies including CMOS, SiGe and SOI, and across all design types, including digital, analog and mixed-signal. This includes both simple metal configurations and more complex transistor-level structures. IBM chose QuickCap NX for its ability to accurately model and predict silicon performance.

“We chose QuickCap NX as our golden 3-D extraction reference because it provides fast, accurate parasitic capacitance extraction,” said Matt Graf, IBM manager of PDK Development. “With its ability and versatility to enable more accurate prediction of sub-nanometer geometry silicon performance, QuickCap NX is important to our development efforts.”

“IBM’s decision to use QuickCap NX is especially gratifying because it shows the value and confidence placed by a technology giant in the tool’s effectiveness for its advanced processes,” said Kam Kittrell, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “This decision solidifies QuickCap NX as the clear leader in parasitic capacitance extraction for advanced sub-nanometer technologies.”

About QuickCap NX
QuickCap NX is used by major semiconductor companies as the reference standard for parasitic extraction. It is a highly accurate 3D extractor that precisely models advanced process effects such as optical proximity correction (OPC), chemical-metal polishing (CMP) and trapezoidal wires. QuickCap NX is proven to closely correlate to exact analytical solutions and silicon measurements, delivering capacitance values that are within 1 percent of silicon measurements.

It is the only extractor that provides dial-in accuracy and error-bounds reporting on each net, giving the user complete control and trust in the accuracy of results. Leading foundries have validated QuickCap NX’s ability to more closely match silicon measurements. By taking process effects into account, the average difference between QuickCap NX capacitance values and actual silicon measurements has been reduced from 9.79 percent to just 0.11 percent.

QuickCap NX in the Magma Flow
QuickCap NX can be used for post-layout analysis in the Magma flow. QuickCap technology is also incorporated into the Blast Fusion(R) and Talus(TM) physical design software systems to support highly accurate timing and noise analysis during chip implementation. It is used to compute the highly accurate capacitance rules used within Blast Fusion, Talus and the Quartz(TM) RC sign-off extraction tool.

About QuickInd
QuickInd provides highly accurate total and mutual inductance extraction. Utilizing a Monte Carlo solution of the exact governing equations, it is fast, accurate, robust and memory efficient, and can calculate complex inductance structures at all technology nodes, including 90-nm and below. QuickInd calculates inductor values and metrics to determine the importance of each inductor, resulting in compact netlists for efficient circuit simulation.

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, QuickCap and Blast Fusion are registered trademarks, and QuickInd, Talus, Quartz and “The Fastest Path from RTL to Silicon” are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.