Silicon Canvas to Offer Laker Custom IC Design Tools on Open Access

Silicon Canvas, the developer of the Laker suite of high-performance custom IC design tools, announced plans to become the first Company to offer full rule-driven, schematic-driven, and constraint-driven layout flows running natively on Open Access. Laker on OA will be available for previewing at the Silicon Canvas booth #2379 at the 44th Design Automation Conference in San Diego California, June 4th through 7th.

The Open Access database has been developed by a community of EDA industry leaders to provide interoperability among IC design tools, under the bylaws of the Si2 standards body. The goal of the Open Access Coalition is to enable interoperability among EDA tools that goes well beyond just communication between tools. Recently, several independent committees have been announced that will explore the remaining issues necessary for Open Access to become a truly open standard for analog design. These include the Interoperable Pcell Library (IPL) initiative ( which was formed to create, encourage and promote the use of an open, non-proprietary Pcell infrastructure. Pcells, or parameterized cells, are used extensively in analog design to automatically generate devices represented in schematics, and are a fundamental element in a schematic-driven layout (SDL) flow in the same way that standard cell libraries enable digital synthesis. Efforts are also underway to create an open analog constraint infrastructure because advanced design tools like Laker now offer constraint-driven flows that automatically translate design intent beyond devices to include matching transistors, differential pairs, shielding, symmetry and many more.

“It appears that the industry is finally lining up behind the Open Access database – at least for Analog design – and we fully support this effort,” said Dr. Hau-Yung Chen, President of Silicon Canvas. “There are still some hurdles to be overcome before Open Access can become truly open which is why Silicon Canvas has been an active supporter of the emerging open analog standards, such as the recently announced Interoperable Pcell Library (IPL) initiative. All we have ever asked” he continued, “was to compete on our technology. Proprietary databases and languages only succeed in defending a vendor’s customer base at the expense of the customer.”

Registration for Silicon Canvas’ OA demo is available on-line at or in booth #2379 at the show. Silicon Canvas, a founding member of the IPL initiative, will be also co-sponsoring an IPL luncheon workshop on Wednesday, June 6th. Registration for the luncheon may be reached via the Silicon Canvas web site. Besides the workshop, Silicon Canvas will be supporting the work of the IPL initiative at the IPL booth (#2957) and will present at the IPL showcase at the Synopsys Interoperability Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Silicon Canvas’ 2007 DAC theme is “The Art of IC Design,” look for the Laker artist in booth #2379 and on Silicon Canvas T-shirts throughout the show.

About Laker
The Laker design platform addresses the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s analog, mixed signal and large, complex IC, ASIC, and SoC designs. Laker has long been a recognized reference standard for full custom layout solutions, with more than 250 companies worldwide adopting it for designs down to 45nm. Built-in Controllable Automation technology on top of unparalleled interoperability delivers a streamlined design work flow, from schematic to layout realization and beyond. Its patented Magic Cell(TM), Rule-Driven, DDL(TM) (Design-Driven Layout), and Controllable Automation technologies deliver substantial productivity gains over existing methodologies.

About Silicon Canvas
Silicon Canvas, Inc. a privately held California corporation was founded in 2001 by Dr. Hau-Yung Chen and other EDA veterans with extensive design and EDA experience. Silicon Canvas is the technology leader for full custom design solutions. The company develops the Laker suite of tools – a completely new technology founded on best practices in computer software engineering with a clear focus on nanometer design requirements for analog, mixed signal, large complex IC’s, ASSP, SoC, test key designs and flat panel layout. Silicon Canvas’ toolsets bring more automation and higher performance capabilities to any design project which requires a more effective full custom layout solution. Customer applications include processors, computing systems, networking, telecommunication, and graphics ICs.

Silicon Canvas and Laker are registered trademarks of Silicon Canvas, Inc.