Ponte Solutions Interfaces YA System with Laker Layout Software

Ponte Solutions, the bridge between design and manufacturing, announced a new interface between its YA System and the Laker layout tools from Silicon Canvas. This new offering lets design teams easily perform Critical Area Analysis (CAA) and repair utilizing the full capabilities of Silicon Canvas’s Laker.

As part of the Laker Links program, integrating EDA solutions to provide better interoperability and design flow for mutual customers, the companies teamed to develop a seamless interface to let Intellectual Property (IP) designers address CAA in an actionable manner during the creation of different IP elements, including standard cells, custom IP blocks, and memories. As CAA is both statistical and contextual in nature it has been difficult for designers to take specific measurable actions to reduce CAA issues. Ponte’s YA System overcomes this by detailing prioritized CAA hot spots, to ensure the most critical CAA effects as predicted by certified defect kits provided by the leading foundries, are identified and corrected.

Laker is the next generation full custom layout tool. In addition to classical polygon editing features, it provides intelligent automation and intuitive guidance to make layout creation and editing tasks much more efficient. Laker’s Magic Cells(TM), real-time DRC/LVS, built-in Design for Manufacturing (DFM) features, and other controllable automation features offer the quality that custom layout designers need as well as deliver the productivity today’s market demands.

“DFM issues must be tackled early to increase the likelihood of first silicon success, and that means doing DFM analysis at the IP level,” said Michael Buehler-Garcia, Ponte vice president of marketing and business development. “Today’s announcement, giving designers predictable, actionable CAA analysis within a premier tool like Laker makes IP-level DFM a reality.”

“The objective of our Laker Links program is to work with technology leaders like Ponte to deliver best-in-class flows to mutual customers,” said Richard Morse, director of marketing for Silicon Canvas. “Ponte’s YA System offers Laker users multiple levels of DFM analysis that allows them to adjust their layouts based upon quantifiable risks and measurable benefits.”

See the Joint Solution at Common Platform Technology Forum Ponte and Silicon Canvas are demonstrating the joint solution at the Common Platform Technology Forum being held on November 6th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please go to the Ponte Solutions Booth #306, in the partner pavilion to request a demo.

About Silicon Canvas
Silicon Canvas, Inc. is the technology leader for full-custom IC design software. The Company’s Laker layout, schematic, and advanced analog tools offer the power of controllable automation and unmatched interoperability to deliver best-in-class flows for analog, mixed-signal, and custom digital designs. More than 250 companies worldwide, including 7 of the top 10 semiconductor companies, benefit from Laker, and are adopting it for designs down to 45nm.

About Ponte Solutions
Ponte Solutions, Inc. develops and markets unique model-based software products and DFM solutions that analyze, predict, and reduce the impact of process variability during the manufacture and design of semiconductors. Ponte customers include leading semiconductor companies, foundries, and design houses worldwide. Founded in 2002, the venture-backed company has received funding from The Mayfield Fund, U.S. Venture Partners, Incubic LLC, Silicom Ventures LLC, and others. The company has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Yerevan, Armenia.