Magma Improves Physical Verification Technology

Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced significant new enhancements to Quartz(TM) DRC and Quartz LVS that result from the company’s accelerated product development efforts during its recently completed 2007 fiscal year. Magma will demonstrate the new Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS capabilities in booth 4578 at the Design Automation Conference which is held June 3-8 in San Diego.

Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS, introduced in 2005 as the industry’s first linearly scalable physical verification tools, enable faster time to market for manufacturing sign-off. These products are now deployed in production worldwide at top semiconductor manufacturers, including recognized leaders in microprocessors, graphics, networking and wireless chip design, and have been certified by the major foundries for sign-off at 90, 65, 45 nanometers (nm) and below.

“For the past 12 months we focused on developing significant improvements to core physical verification architecture,” said John Lee, general manager of Magma’s Physical Verification Business Unit. “With the new capabilities we can build on the market success of Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS by enabling our customers to significantly accelerate time to market – reducing tapeout cycles by weeks – while decreasing design costs through automation and improved chip performance and yield.”

Among the new capabilities are:

  • Automatic Native Incremental Checking: This technology eliminates costly database export / import common in legacy flows. With this, Quartz DRC and Quartz LVS are able to automatically detect when and where a designer makes changes, and incrementally check only those changed portions. In production testing at a major customer site, this capability provided a 7x improvement in turnaround time by running sign-off physical verification.
  • Direct Streaming:This technology extends Magma’s pipelined architecture to leverage the strength of multi-core processors available today. This technology enables an order of magnitude increase in scalability, and significantly reduces hardware costs, compared to existing architectures.
  • DFM Hotspot Analysis: This technology extends the Quartz DRC foundry-certified model-based lithography process (LPC) checking to include sign-off critical area analysis (CAA) and chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) simulation. These new capabilities are currently under foundry test to be certified for 65 and 45 nm.
  • Electrical Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Analysis: This technology provides a complete solution for designers to analyze and characterize the timing and power impact due to sources of manufacturing variability, such as lithography and CMP. With this, designers can reduce the guard-banding in traditional design flows, allowing significant gains in timing and power performance. This capability is delivered in conjunction with Magma’s Talus(TM) DFM, Quartz DFM and SiliconSmart(R) products.
  • Automated DFM Fixing:This technology provides significant productivity and yield enhancement capabilities by automating the removal of DFM problems in a timing- and power-aware manner.

The automatic native incremental capabilities are available now. The automated DFM fixing, electrical DFM and physical DFM capabilities are in limited release.

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, circuit simulation and fab analysis, and the company’s integrated RTL-to-GDSII design flow allows engineers to “Design Ahead of the Curve.”(TM) Magma is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices around the world. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA.

SiliconSmart and Magma are registered trademarks, and “Design Ahead of the Curve,” Quartz and Talus are trademarks of Magma Design Automation Inc.