Silicon Navigator Rolls Out New Engines for the RDE Framework

Silicon Navigator(TM) Corporation, a leading provider of broad-based Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions based natively on the Open Source, OpenAccess database, announced three new software engines for its RDE Framework (RDE)- SKILL compatible PCell Editor, RTL Power Analysis and Schematic Editor. The engines augment RDE’s existing engines for RTL processing, Static timing analysis, Layout editing, Mask processing, data translation, and graphic display.

The RDE engines increase productivity for CAD developers and speed up CAD design tool development by allowing CAD developers to spend time on solving design problems rather than building basic functionality. Extensions facilitate the development of comprehensive EDA solutions on a unified standards-based environment.

“We continue to aggressively pursue our business model of licensing design components based on the OpenAccess database,” said George Janac, CEO. “Our new engines are in answer to CAD developers’ requests for broader flow coverage and better OpenAccess integration so Internal CAD solutions can cover new and unmet chip design needs.”

“Our engines represent a new EDA licensing paradigm of supplying component-based software that supports tool development and integration within large and small corporations,” added Janac. “EDA is ripe for a change to standards-based component software. Each process generation presents unique not easily addressed with one-size-fits-all solutions.

About the New RDE Engines
The Schematic Editor engine allows designers to create or edit existing schematics stored in the OpenAccess database, The PCell engine and editor offers an interface for access to PCells coded in SKILL(TM) in the OpenAccess database. The RTL power analysis engine accepts RTL as input and computes leakage, dynamic and switching power by elaborating the RTL and propagating the activity. RTL and netlist support enables power to be tracked early in a design project and quickly optimized. RDE environment supports designs with millions of instances in a fraction of the time of other systems.

About Silicon Navigator’s Rocket Environment
The RDE Framework includes tools that CAD developers can use to speed the adoption of the OpenAccess database and customize a design cockpit. It offers a desktop and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), editor, viewers and APIs. The RDE framework supports APIs with standard languages such as TCL, Python, C++ with access data structures, controls and results. It can be used stand-alone or in conjunction with other OpenAccess environments. Silicon Navigator provides EDA format translators along with interfaces to flows based on other commercial tools.

The Target Market for RDE
RDE is especially attractive to CAD groups at semiconductor companies or IDMs where a make vs. buy tool decision is critical to optimizing internal development resources and time. RDE provides a complete development system so the CAD developers can focus on high value solutions rather than basic functionality. Its users include CAD developers at semiconductor companies and EDA tool developers at emerging companies.

Price and Availability
RDE engines are all available now. The price for a RDE framework development license starts at $50,000.

About Silicon Navigator’s Business Model
The Silicon Navigator business model is based on licensing Application Programming Interface (API) based infrastructure and engines for chip design. The company provides EDA development tools and support to build products providing API’s to all components. The company bases its software on standards such at Qt, OpenGL, C++, TCL, Python and OpenAccess. Standards preserve customer investment and enable cross-pollination of technologies and resources from other industries. The Rocket Design Environment (RDE(TM)) framework’s architecture represents the next generation of EDA software where core algorithms are simply inserted into a common infrastructure. Interoperability lowers barriers to adoption, minimizing investment for new tools.

About OpenAccess
OpenAccess is a community effort to provide true interoperability among IC design tools through an open standard data API and reference database supporting that API for IC design. The OpenAccess Coalition is a neutral organization of industry leaders that are leading this effort operating under Si2 bylaws.

About Silicon Navigator Corporation
Silicon Navigator is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Si2′s powerful new OpenAccess database standard by providing a complete Framework, Engines and Applications. Silicon Navigator offers a licensable development platform, customizable desktop, viewers and editors for schematics, layouts, and timing, and a comprehensive set of APIs in C++, TCL, and Python. The company serves numerous customers and licensees providing them the ability to quickly and economically deploy EDA solutions. Silicon Navigator is a standards-based company enabling next generation design flows. The company is headquartered at 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW2-260, Cupertino, Calif. 95014. Telephone: 408-200-0280. Facsimile: 408-200-0281. Email:

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