Tektronix, Inc., a leading, worldwide provider of test, measurement, and monitoring instrumentation, recently reviewed their power design and analysis needs and chose Sequence Design’s CoolProducts for their accuracy, versatility, and outstanding support. Sequence’s CoolProducts family – CoolTime, CoolPower, and CoolCheck – added key functionality to their design flow and reduced design closure times by preventing time-consuming iterations between separate timing, SI, power analysis and optimization tools.
“Sequence really showed us a technically superior solution,” said David McKinney, Tektronix engineering manager, CMOS ASICs. “Their CoolProducts bring us a completely integrated, back-end power management flow with outstanding analysis and optimization capabilities.” McKinney said these tools will be used in the design of all future Tektronix ASICs – including their newest ones on a 90nm manufacturing process.
McKinney said the Sequence products fit well within their existing flow and will serve as a “power signoff” on all future Tektronix designs. CoolProducts’ ability to automate complex low-power design techniques to control such critical issues as dynamic voltage drop and leakage power were also major selling points.
Equally valuable is post-sales support: “Many of our designs utilize special Tektronix cells,” McKinney said. “What really impressed us was Sequence’s willingness and ability to enhance its software to handle these cells so we could get maximum utility from the tools. It’s just one example of the high level of support we enjoy as a Sequence customer.”
CoolTime, the industry’s most accurate dynamic voltage drop analysis and optimization solution, concurrently analyzes timing, signal integrity, static IR drop, and electromigration. CoolPower includes automated power, timing, and signal integrity optimization features. Both leakage and dynamic power can be automatically optimized using CoolPower’s multi-Vt cell swapping and cell resizing, and its MTCMOS power gating optimization slashes leakage power 100X or more. CoolCheck enables effective power grid debug early in the flow with a fast vectorless technique for finding high resistive connectivity of standard cells and macros.
Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries – as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, advanced and pervasive technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide.
Sequence Design accelerates the ability of SoC designers to bring high-performance, power-aware ICs quickly to market. Sequence Design-For-Power solutions give customers the competitive advantage necessary to excel in aggressive technology markets.